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Kelsey, Penelope M.

Professor Emerita/Emeritus


  • Professor Emerita/Emeritus, English

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research overview

  • Professor Kelsey’s research interests, as represented by her publications, include: Tribal Theory in Native American Literature: Dakota and Haudenosaunee Writing and Indigenous Worldviews (University of Nebraska Press, 2008), Strawberries in Brooklyn: Maurice Kenny Considered (SUNY Press, 2011), and Reading the Wampum, which focuses on Haudenosaunee visual culture and narrative from a Haudenosaunee Studies perspective. Topics include: the reformulation of Haudenosaunee knowledge via wampum tropes in James Stevens' and Eric Gansworth's writing; the condolence ceremony and cultural regeneration in Mohawk director Shelley Niro's films; and the contestation of Iroquois national identity and territories in Tracey Deer's Club Native (2008).


  • Native American Literature, Native American Film, Native American Visual Traditions, Native American Writing Systems, Native American Epistemologies, Native American Languages, Comparative Indigenous Studies, US Ethnic Literatures, Ethnicity and Disability, Multiracial Representations, Indigenous Feminisms, Tribal Feminisms, Red Feminism, Visuality Theory


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courses taught

  • ENGL 1001 - Freshman Writing Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Provides training and practice in writing and critical thinking. Focuses on the writing process, the fundamentals of composition, and the structure of argument. Provides numerous and varied assignments with opportunity for revision.
  • ENGL 2102 - Literary Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Provides a basic skills course designed to equip students to handle the English major. Emphasizes critical writing and the acquisition of basic techniques and vocabulary of literary criticism through close attention to poetry and prose.
  • ENGL 3005 - The Literature of New World Encounters
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Explores American literature as a site of cultural intersection between European settlers and indigenous peoples.
  • ENGL 3226 - Folklore
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Emphasizes formal study of folk traditions (including tales, songs, games, customs, beliefs, and crafts) within a theoretical framework, using examples from several cultures.
  • ENGL 3377 - Multicultural Literature
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018
    Studies special topics in multicultural literature; specially designed for English majors. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours for different topics.
  • ENGL 4697 - Special Topics in Multicultural and Ethnic American Literature
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Provides advanced in-depth study of literatures written by ethnic American authors. Texts may be drawn from a range of African-American, Chicano/a, Latino/a, Asian American, Native American or Indigenous literature traditions. Topics vary each semester. Same as ETHN 4692.
  • ENGL 4717 - Native American and Indigenous Studies Capstone Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Engages a wide range of NAIS methodologies with a series of case studies. Focuses on print, visual, and digital texts encompassing wide swathe of Eurowestern disciplines, while seeking to recuperate and restore Indigenous epistemic practices within our scholarship. Refines students' skills in intellectual debate in the spirit of shared inquiry and challenges research and writing skills.
  • ENGL 5169 - Multicultural/Postcolonial Studies
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Introduces graduate level study of ethnic American and/or postcolonial writing in English, including relevant theoretical discourse. Emphasizes a wide range of genres, forms, historical background, and secondary criticism. Cultivates research skills necessary for advanced graduate study. Topics will vary. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.


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