Contributor Biographies
Joanne Barker (Lenape [Delaware Tribe of Indians]) is Professor of American
Indian Studies at San Francisco State University. She is author of Native Acts:
Law, Recognition, and Cultural Authenticity (Duke University Press) and editor of
Sovereignty Matters: Locations of Contestation and Possibility in Indigenous Strug gles
for Self- Determination (University of Nebraska Press). She has published several
juried articles and book chapters on issues including Indigenous feminism and debt
politics and directed/written several educational documentaries on international
human rights.
Jodi A. Byrd is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and an Associate Professor of
En glish and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Illinois at
Urbana- Champaign where she is also a faculty affiliate at the National Center for
Super computing Applications. Her work has been published in journals includ-
ing American Indian Quarterly, Cultural Studies Review, Interventions, College Lit er-
a ture, J19, American Quarterly, Settler Colonial Studies, and Wíčazo Ša Review. Her
book, The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism (Minnesota, 2011)
won the 2013 Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Award for best
first book. Her current manuscript in pro cess, entitled Indigenomicon: American In-
dians, Videogames, and Structures of Genre, interrogates how the structures of digital
code intersect with issues of sovereignty, militarism, and colonialism. 
Jennifer Nez Denetdale (Diné) is from Tohatchi, New Mexico and an associate pro-
fessor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico. She is author of Reclaiming
Diné History: The Legacies of Chief Manuelito and Juanita (2007), two Navajo histories of
young adults, and numerous articles and essays.
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