Christopher Pexa

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Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Mellon Postdoctoral Associate: Cornell University.
  • Ph.D.: English, Vanderbilt University.
  • M.F.A.: Poetry, Arizona State University.
  • B.A.: Religious Studies (with honors), Arizona State University.


  • Native American and Indigenous Literatures
  • Native American and Indigenous Studies
  • Global Anglophone Indigenous Literatures
  • Futurity
  • Sovereignty Studies
  • Settler Colonial Studies
  • Dakota Language and Literature
  • Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Literature
  • U.S. Federal Indian Law
  • Critical Indigenous Theory
Courses Taught
  • Native American Autobiography and Law
  • Making and Re-making Homelands: American Indians, Place, and Memory
  • Decolonizing Native Spaces/Places
  • Indigeneity, Subjectivity, Legibility
  • Global Anglophone Indigenous Futurisms
  • Narrations of Native Nationhood
  • Movement, Encounter, and Critique in Early American and Native American Travel Writing
  • American Abjects: U.S. Literature’s Outsiders and Excesses
  • Native American Authors in the Assimilation Era
  • Race, Class, and Gender in Contemporary U.S. Literature
  • Citizenship and Belonging in Nineteenth-Century America
  • Who’s Afraid of Trickster Wolf?: Native American Origin Stories in Contemporary Political Contexts
  • Translated Nation: Rewriting the Dakota Oyate, 1862-1934, under contract with University of Minnesota Press
  • “More Than Talking Animals: Charles Alexander Eastman’s Animal Peoples and Their Kinship Critiques of U.S. Empire,” forthcoming May 2017, PMLA
  • “Futurity Foreclosed: Jonestown, Trauma, and the Ending of Time in Fred D’Aguiar’s Bill of Rights,” forthcoming, MELUS
  • “Aileen Moreton-Robinson’s The White Possessive,” forthcoming, Native American and Indigenous Studies
  • Review, “Glen Sean Coulthard’s Red Skin, White Masks,”American Studies Journal 54.2 (Summer 2015)
  • “Transgressive Adoptions: Dakota Prisoners’ Resistances to Confinements Following the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War,”Wicazo Sa Review 30.1 (Spring 2015)
  • “The Ministry of Inside Things,”The Collagist 61 (August 2014)
  • “It Takes More Than a Robin to Make Winter Cold,”Coachella Review (Fall 2012)
  • “There will be no translation,”MiPOesias 24.1 (January 2011)
  • “The Boy,”“Homage to Cesar Vallejo,”“Two Poems for Delmore Schwartz,”Juked 7 (Fall 2010)
  • “Conversion Blues,”42Opus (January 2010)
  • Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society
  • Mellon Diversity Dissertation Completion & Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cornell University
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
  • Newberry Consortium for American Indian Studies (NCAIS) summer institute fellow
  • Marshall Scholar
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Outstanding Graduate Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University