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  • Contributor Biographies

Yael Ben-Zvi is a senior lecturer in the Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She is currently completing a book manuscript on the problem of Native status under US settler colonialism entitled Native Land Talk: Colliding Birthrights in Early US Culture. Her work on themes related to Native American studies has appeared in American Indian Quarterly, cr: The New Centennial Review, and Canadian Review of American Studies.

Jim Charles, professor of English education at the University of South Carolina Upstate, has taught English for thirty-two years at the university and high school levels. He holds a PhD in English education from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill and has been awarded two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for the study of American Indian literatures and cultures. He is the author of numerous articles on American Indian literatures and related pedagogical concerns; his book Reading, Learning, Teaching N. Scott Momaday (Peter Lang) appeared in 2007.

Eric Cheyfitz is the Ernest I. White Professor of American Studies and Humane Letters at Cornell University, where he teaches American Indian literatures and federal Indian law. He is the author of The Poetics of Imperialism: Translation and Colonization from The Tempest to Tarzan and The (Post)Colonial Construction of Indian Country: U.S. American Indian Literatures and Federal Indian Law, part 1 of The Columbia Guide to American Indian Literatures of the [End Page 143] United States since 1945, which he also edited. His most recent publication is the essay “What Is a Just Society? Native American Philosophies and the Limits of Capitalism’s Imagination: A Brief Manifesto.” The essay appears in the spring 2011 special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly, “Sovereignty, Indigeneity, and the Law,” which he edited with N. Bruce Duthu and Shari M. Huhndorf.

Laura M. Furlan is an assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where she is also affiliated with the Native American Indian Studies Certificate Program. Her work has appeared in Studies in American Indian Literatures, Yellow Medicine Review, Sentence, Intertexts, and the collection Sovereign Erotics. She is currently working on a book manuscript that focuses on urban Indian fiction. She is an adopted mixed-blood, of Apache, Osage, and Cherokee heritage.

Rose Gubele is a Cherokee mixed-blood. She is an assistant professor of English at the University of Central Missouri, where she teaches courses in rhetoric and writing. She received her PhD in rhetoric and composition at Washington State University. Her research focuses on American Indian rhetorics, racism, and Cherokee rhetorics.

Ted Jojola, PhD, is Distinguished/Regents’ Professor in the Community and Regional Planning Program, School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico. He is director of the Indigenous Design and Planning Institute and former director of Native American Studies. He is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Isleta, where he presently resides.

Annette Kolodny, professor emerita and formerly dean of the College of Humanities at the University of Arizona, has published widely in the fields of feminist literary criticism, ecocriticism, frontier studies, and Native American studies with an emphasis on the communities within the Wabanaki Confederacy. She has worked with Wabanaki community members for the past dozen years, collecting [End Page 144] first-contact stories. Her most recent book is In Search of First Contact: The Vikings of Vinland, the Peoples of the Dawnland, and the Anglo-American Anxiety of Discovery (Duke UP, 2012).

Rebecca Kugel teaches Native American history at the University of California, Riverside. Her research focuses on the history of the Ojibwes and other Native peoples of the Great Lakes region, emphasizing the operation of the historic political system in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She is the author of To Be the Main Leaders of Our People; A History of Minnesota Ojibwe Politics, 1825–1898 (1998), and coeditor, with Lucy Eldersveld Murphy, of Native Women’s History in Eastern North America before 1900: A Guide to Research and Writing (2007).

Amanda Moulder is an assistant professor at St. John’s University in Queens, New York. Her most recent article, “Cherokee Practice, Missionary Intentions: Literacy Learning among Early Nineteenth-Century Cherokee Women,” published in...


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