• Home
  • Dr. Stephanie Fitzgerald

Dr. Stephanie Fitzgerald

Director, Indigenous Studies Program
Associate Professor, English
Primary office:
785-864-2586
Lippincott Hall, room 6F


Professor Fitzgerald's research is both interdisciplinary and trans-historical, and broadly focuses on Native women’s textual and cultural productions from the colonial era to the present. She is often asked why her work focuses on Native women, a question to which she promptly replies, “Why not?” As Patricia Albers and Beatrice Medicine noted back in 1983 in their edited volume The Hidden Half: Studies of Plains Indian Women (University Press of America), there is a dearth of scholarship on Native women in any discipline. And not much has changed since 1983.

While her academic publications to date center on Native women’s textual productions, she does not see her work as a recovery project. She is more interested in countering the historical erasure of Native women by drawing out the connections between gender, law and policy, and land dispossession. From migration narratives painted onto the sides of a late eighteenth century Mohegan woodsplint basket, to seventeenth century land conveyances penned in the Massachusett language, to twentieth century novels taking environmental justice as their focus, her research links the materiality of the texts to their specific historical, cultural, legal, and political contexts. Her current book project investigates contemporary Native women’s literary and rhetorical responses to certain defining moments in tribal histories relating to land dispossession, reading them against the court decisions, legislation, and federal policy that set them in motion.

 

Education

Master's in American Indian Studies from UCLA
Ph.D. in English from Claremont Graduate University


Give to Indigenous Studies

Read the Latest ISP Newsletter
Follow Us

Local Events

Haskell Spring 2018 Commencement Powwow
Friday-Saturday, May 18-19
10 a.m-9 p.m. both days
Admission: $5 day / $7 weekend
Free for children under 5 years old and adults over 62
Open to the public and free parking

Young Professionals Powwow + Tradeshow & Convention
Wednesday, June 6 | Begins at 12 p.m.
Abe & Jake's Landing, 8 E. 6th St., Lawrence, KS
More info contact:
www.leadhorsellc.com
www.Facebook.com/Tsanthoopahn

 

 

Home to 50+ departments, centers, and programs, the School of the Arts, and the School of Public Affairs and Administration
KU offers courses in 40 languages
No. 1 ranking in city management and urban policy —U.S. News and World Report
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times