Joshua Nelson


Joshua Nelson

Joshua Nelson is President's Associates Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and a native Oklahoman. He is Chair of the Film & Media Studies Department, Associate Professor of English, and affiliated faculty with Native American Studies and Women's & Gender Studies, focusing on American Indian literature and film. His book, Progressive Traditions: Identity in Cherokee Literature and Culture (University of Oklahoma Press, 2014), looks to dismantle the pervasive assimilated/traditional dichotomy plaguing American Indian literary criticism. It explores the empowering potential of traditional, adaptive strategies and practices to address cultural and historical dilemmas. He earned his B.A. in Psychology at Yale University and his Ph.D. in English at Cornell University.

Prof. Nelson takes a pluralist interest in tribalist, postcolonial, anarchistic, feminist, and pragmatic theoretical perspectives. His work has appeared in the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature, and The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Film Comedy. He is at work on a book on representations of the body in Indigenous film, and is co-producer, narrator and interviewer on the forthcoming PBS documentary Searching for Sequoyah. He teaches courses on American Indian literature, literary criticism, and film, and he is the lead organizer of the Native Crossroads Film Festival and Symposium. He and his wife divide their time between Norman and Park Hill, Oklahoma.

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It was wonderful to have the chance to meet folks here. Thanks to everyone for the conversations and experience, and I look forward to keeping up the dialogue! Here are my notes: These suggestions concern how discussion guides and lesson plans might be tailored for use in higher education classrooms.