- Canadian Literature
- Native American Literature
- Great Plains Literature
- Seminar in Intellectual History of the Great Plains
Professional Areas of Specialty
"Studies" is the game for me—Great Plains Studies, Native American Studies, Canadian Studies. I live part time on an old farmstead outside Lincoln and part time in a little house in central Calgary, Alberta so that I can always be immersed in what I am studying. My research is as likely to take me to a tall grass prairie or a powwow or a street corner protest as it is to the library, and I encourage my students also to live their passions.
Personal Statement on Awards and Research
I have held two Fulbright Teaching Awards, to Montreal, Quebec, and to Calgary, Alberta. The first resulted in the book Hiding the Audience: Arts and Arts Institutions on the Prairies, and I am finishing an Intellectual History of the Great Plains based on research done during the second. I am just beginning a new project dealing with First Nations art, humour, and justice issues. I'm not real sure where that is going to take me, but I am enthusiastic about the ride.
Selected Publications and Presentations
- "Just What is Cultural Appropriation, Anyway?" Black Elk Speaks Reader, ed. Clyde Holler; Syracuse University Press.
- "Little Squatter on the Osage Diminished Reserve: Laura Ingalls Wilder's Indians," Great Plains Quarterly 20 (Spring 2000): 123-140.
- "A British Bandsman in Calgary, 1910-1924 'Having Been a Trombone Myself': Journal of the West 40 (Winter 2001): 22-29.
- "Children of Someone Else's History: Reading for Restorative Justice," American Review of Canadian Studies 31
- "An Innis, not a Turner," American Review of Canadian Studies 32
- "The Tantalizing Possibility of Living on the Plains," in History, Literature, and the Writing of the Canadian Prairies. Alison Calder and Robert Wardhaugh, eds. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2005, pp. 25-42.
- "Nebraskatchewan: George Norris and Tommy Douglas," Association for Canadian Studies in the US Canadian Biennial, Vancouver, BC.
- "Was Pocahontas the First Rhodes Scholar?" Native American Literatures, Mystic Lake, Minnesota.
- "Why We Should Think About Ward Churchill," Institute for Ethnic Studies, UNL
- "Toward A Unified Field Theory of the Great Plains: Homesteading," Center for Great Plains Studies, UNL:
- "Toward a First Nations Intellectual History, 1985-2005," Association for Canadian Studies in the US, St. Louis, MO, November 2005