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Joshua B. Nelson

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Joshua B. Nelson, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and a native Oklahoman, is an Assistant Professor of English and affiliated faculty member with Native American Studies focusing on American Indian literature. His current project, Progressive Traditions: Cherokee Cultural Studies, looks to dismantle the pervasive assimilated/traditional dichotomy plaguing American Indian literary criticism to explore the empowering potential of traditional, adaptive strategies and practices to address cultural and historical dilemmas. He takes a pluralist interest in tribalist, postcolonial, anarchistic, feminist, and pragmatic theoretical perspectives, with his work appearing in the American Indian Culture and Research Journal and Great Plains Quarterly. He teaches courses on American Indian literature, literary criticism, and film. He and his wife divide their time between Norman and Park Hill.
M.A. & Ph.D., English, Cornell University, 2006 & 2010
B.A., Psychology, Yale University, 1996
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Joshua B. Nelson
Assistant Professor
Department of English
University of Oklahoma
104 Gittinger Hall
Norman, OK 73019

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