Jodi Byrd

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Critical Indigenous studies and governance, critical technology studies, indigenous feminisms and sexualities.

American Indian Studies, Gender/Sexuality Studies, Post-Colonial, Science, Technology, and Digital Media, Theory & Criticism


PhD English, University of Iowa, 2002

Courses Taught

Indigenous critical theory, settler colonial studies, postcolonial literatures, videogame studies, critical technology studies, Indigenous feminisms, queer Indigenous studies

Course List

  • ENGL 253: Topics in Lit and New Media
  • ENGL 265: Intro to American Indian Literature
  • ENGL 285: Postcolonial Literature
  • ENGL 301: Critical Approaches to Literature
  • ENGL 460: Literatures of Indigenous Peoples;
  • NGL 581: Indigenous Critical Theory
  • AIS 101: Introduction to American Indian Studies
  • AIS 430: Indigenous Governance
  • AIS 503: #indigenous
  • GWS: 459: Postcolonial Gender, Sexuality, and Feminism
  • GWS 495: Indigenous Gender and Sexuality

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, Gender and Women's Studies
Associate Professor, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Associate Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Associate Professor, Global Studies Programs and Courses

Recent Publications

Byrd, J. (2018). Beast of America: Sovereignty and the wildness of objects. South Atlantic Quarterly, 117(3), 599-615.

Byrd, J. (2017). Loving Unbecoming: The Queer Politics of the Transitive Native. In J. Barker (Ed.), Critically Sovereign: Indigenous Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (pp. 207-228). Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Byrd, J. (2017). American Indian Transnationalisms. In Y. Goyal (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Transnational American Literature (pp. 174-189). (Cambridge Companions to Literature). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Byrd, J. (2016). Still Waiting for the “Post” to Arrive: Elizabeth Cook-Lynn and the Imponderables of American Indian Postcoloniality. Wicazo Sa Review, 31(1), 75-89.

Byrd, J. (2015). Mind the Gap: Indigenous Sovereignty and the Antinomies of Empire. In F. Luisetti, J. Pickles, & W. Kaiser (Eds.), The Anomie of the Earth: Philosophy, Politics, and Autonomy in Europe and the Americas (pp. 119–136). Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

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