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My research and teaching of Indigenous literature are informed by the environmental humanities, gendered histories of colonization, and theories of biopower. My recent book, Roads, Mobility, and Violence in Indigenous Literature and Art from North Americaexplores racialized and gendered experiences of mobility through a selection of writing and visual art by Marie Clements, Marilyn Dumont, Tomson Highway, Leanne Simpson, Richard Van Camp, Kent Monkman, and Louise Erdrich. Building on Raymond Williams’s observation that “traffic is not only a technique; it is a form of consciousness and a form of social relations,” this book pulls into focus sexual, racial, and environmental violence localized around roads. Roads are spaces of complex signification, and their ties to colonial violence reveal how biopolitics are infrastructural. Along with exploring these fraught histories of mobility, I consider ways in which Indigenous communities have transformed roads into sites of political resistance and social memory.


Recent publications:


Roads, Mobility, and Violence in Indigenous Literature and Art from North AmericaRoutledge, World Literatures and the Environment series. 2019.

“Transit Spaces and the Mobility Poor in Marilyn Dumont’s Vancouver Poems.” Cultural Critique 101 (Fall 2018): 102-30.

“Indigenous Internationalisms.” Bloomsbury Companion to Marx. Ed. Jeff Diamanti, Andrew Pendakis, and Imre Szeman. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018. 

“Roads.” Fueling Culture: 101 Words for Energy and Environment. Ed. Imre Szeman, Jennifer Wenzel, and Patricia Yaeger. New York: Fordham UP. 2017. 

“Salvage Ecology: annie ross’s Forest One and Happy Birthday Super Cheaper.” Western American Literature special issue on “Petrocultures.” 51.4 (2017): 447-68.

“Kent Monkman’s The Big Four as Automobiography.” a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 31.3 (2016): 465-85.

“A Metaphysics of Scrap: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas’s Automobile Art.” Wi: Journal of Mobile Media 10.1 2016.

“Idling No More: The Road in Tomson Highway’s The Rez Sisters.” Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities 2.2. 2015.


Recent invited talks:


Invited panelist contribution. “Casualties of Modernism: Kent Monkman’s Critique of Primitivism and Cubism.” Modernist Studies Association. November 2018. Columbus, OH.

Invited panelist contribution. “Salvaging Salvage: Three Indigenous Artists’ Automobile Art in the Museum.” MLA Anthropology and Literature Forum: “Indigenous Engagements with Anthropology.” January 2019. Chicago.

Keynote address. Université de Montréal Graduate English Conference. "Gridlock: Transit Spaces and the Mobility Poor in Marilyn Dumont’s Vancouver Poems.” March 2017.

Invited talk. Queen’s University English Department Speaker Series. “The Junker as Archive: Kent Monkman’s The Big Four.” January 2017.

Invited talk. University of California, Berkeley. Canadian Studies Colloquium Series. “Kent Monkman’s The Big Four and ‘The Higher Mathematics of Being Poor.’” December 2016.

Invited talk. University of California, Berkeley, Department of English. “Kent Monkman’s The Big Four as Automobiography.” March 2016.

Invited talk. 15th Annual Aboriginal Roundtable: “Futures of Decolonization: Indigenous Literatures and Lifeways After the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.” Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies. Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. May 2015. University of Ottawa.


Sproul Fellowship, Univerisity of California, Berkeley (2016-17)

SSHRC Insight Grant (2013-2016)

SSHRC Standard Research Grant (2006-09)


Honors & Awards

Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures Honorable Mention for monograph, From the Iron House: Imprisonment in First Nations Writing (2008)


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