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Kirby Brown

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  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-5819
  • Office: 523 PLC
  • Office Hours: Winter term: T 9-10am, W 2-4pm
  • Affiliated Departments: Ethnic Studies


My primary research and teaching areas include Native writing from the late eighteenth century to the present, Indigenous critical theory, and nation/nationalism and soveriegnty/self-determination studies. More broadly, I am interested in the politics of race, nation, citizenship, and belonging in ethnic American writing and the relationships between narrative form, cultural representation, public policy, and the law.



My current research project, "Stoking the Fire: Nationhood in Early Twentieth Century Cherokee Writing," examines how four Cherokee writers variously remembered, imagined and enacted Cherokee nationhood in the period between Oklahoma statehood in 1907 and tribal reorganization in the early 1970s. Often read as an intellectually inactive and politically insignificant "dark age" in Cherokee history, I recover this period as a rich archive of Cherokee national memory capable of informing contemporary discussions about soveriegnty, self-determination, citizenship and belonging in Cherokee Country and Native/Indigenous Studies today. 


Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Identity, Culture, Community, and Nation: Native Literary Theory as Politics and Praxis.” Routledge Companion to Native American Literature. Ed. Deborah Lea Madsen. New York and Oxford: Routledge P. Forthcoming 2015. 
  • "Citizenship, Land and Law: Constitutional Criticism and John Milton Oskison's Black Jack Davy." Studies in American Indian Literatures. 23.4 (Winter 2012): 77-115.
  • "'Since I was given a name by the kind fathers, I take more pride in myself': Historical Recovery, Colonial Mimicry and Thoughts on Disappearing Indians in Elena Zamora O'Shea's El Mesquite." Nakum Journal 1.1 (Winter 2010): 11-37. 
  • "Indigenous Communities, Indigenous Nations: Interrogating Contemporary Indigenous Intellectualisms." Sovereignty, Separatism and Survival: Ideological Enounters in the Literature of Native North America. Ed. Benjamin D. Carson. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars P, 2009. 82-109. 

Book Reviews

  • Audra Simpson. Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States. American Indian Culture and Research Journal 39.2 (2015): 148-50.
  • James W. Parins, Literacy and Intellectual Life in the Cherokee Nation, 1820-1906. Studies in American Indian Literatures 27.1 (Spring 2015). 112-16.  
  • Nelson, Joshua B., Progressive Traditions: Identity in Cherokee Literature and CultureTransmotion Journal (2015): 94-99.
  • Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas ed. by Allison Adelle Hedgecoke. American Indian Quarterly 36.4 (Winter/Spring 2013): 258-61.
  • X-Marks: Native Signatures of Assent by Scott Lyons. e3w Review of Books 11 (Spring 2011): 7-8. 
  • Lost Creeks: Collected Journals of Alexander Posey ed Matthew Wynn Sivilis. American Indian Culture and Research Journal 34.4 (2010): 127-29.
  • Cherokee Thoughts: Honest and Uncensored by Robert J. Conley. Great Plains Quarterly 30.1 (Winter 2010): 69-70. 
  • Mapping the Americas: The Transnational Politics of Contemporary Native Culture by Shari M. Huhndorf. e3w Review of Books 10 (Spring 2010): 7-8.
  • Before the Country: Native Renaissance, Canadian Mythology by Stephanie McKenzie. Studies in American Indian Literatures 21.1 (Spring 2009): 87-90.  

Curriculum Vitae