Jodi A. Byrd

Associate Professor of English and Gender and Women's Studies


PhD English, University of Iowa, 2002

Teaching Interests

Indigenous critical theory, settler colonial studies, postcolonial literatures, videogame studies, critical technology studies, Indigenous feminisms, queer Indigenous studies


ENGL 253: Topics in Lit and New Media; ENGL 265: Intro to American Indian Literature; ENGL 285: Postcolonial Literature; ENGL 301: Critical Approaches to Literature; ENGL 460: Literatures of Indigenous Peoples; ENGL 581: Indigenous Critical Theory; AIS 101: Introduction to American Indian Studies; AIS 430: Indigenous Governance; AIS 503: #indigenous; GWS: 459: Postcolonial Gender, Sexuality, and Feminism; GWS 495: Indigenous Gender and Sexuality

Research Interests

critical Indigenous studies and governance, critical technology studies, indigenous feminisms and sexualities


American Indian Studies, Gender/Sexuality Studies, Post-Colonial, Science, Technology, and Digital Media, Theory & Criticism

Work(s) in Progress

Indigenomicon: American Indians, Videogames, and the Structures of Genre


Jodi A. Byrd is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma and associate professor of English and Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where she is also a faculty affiliate at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • critical indigenous studies, indigenous feminisms, queer indigenous studies, settler colonial studies, videogame studies, critical technology studies



  • The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2011.

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Book Contributions

  • Byrd, Jodi A. "Loving Unbecoming: The Queer Politics of the Transitive Native." Critically Sovereign: Indigenous Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. Ed. Joanne Barker. Durham: Duke University Press, 2017.
  • Byrd, Jodi A. "American Indian Transnationalisms." The Cambridge Companion to Transnational American Literatures. Ed. Yogita Goyal. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 174–189.
  • Byrd, Jodi A. "Mind the Gap: Indigenous Sovereignty and the Antinomies of Empire." The Anomie of the Earth: Philosophy, Politics, and Autonomy in Europe and the Americas. Ed. Frederico Luisetti, John Pickles, and Wilson Kaiser. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015. 119–136.
  • "Red Dead Conventions: American Indian Transgeneric Fictions." The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature. Ed. James H. Cox and Daniel H. Justice. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. 344–357.
  • "Waikiki Wedding." Seeing Red--Hollywood's Pixeled Skins. Ed. LeAnne Howe, Harvey Markowitz, and Denise K. Cummings. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2013. 167–171.
  • "The Stories We Tell: American Indian Women's Writing and the Persistence of Tradition." The Cambridge History of American Women's Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 11–29.
  • "(Post)Colonial Plainsongs: Toward Native Literary Worldings." Unlearning the Language of Conquest. Ed. Don T. Jacobs. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2006. 82-92.

Journal Articles

  • Byrd, Jodi A. "Beast of America: Sovereignty and the Wildness of Objects." South Atlantic Quarterly 117.3 (2018): 599–615.
  • Byrd, Jodi A. "'Variations Under Domestication:' Indigeneity and the Subject of Dispossesion." Social Text 135.36.2 (2018): 123–141.
  • Byrd, Jodi A., Alyosha Goldstein, Jodi Melamed, and Chandan Reddy. "Predatory Value: Economies of Dispossession and Disturbed Relationalities." Social Text 135.36.2 (2018): 1–18.
  • Byrd, Jodi A. "Still Waiting for the 'Post' to Arrive: Elizabeth Cook-Lynn and the Imponderables of American Indian Postcoloniality." Wicazo Sa 31.1 (2016): 75–89.
  • Byrd, Jodi A. "'Do They Not Have Rational Souls:' Consolidation and Sovereignty in Digital New Worlds." Settler Colonial Studies (2015): 1–15.
  • Byrd, Jodi A. "A Return to the South." American Quarterly 66.3 (2014): 609–620.
  • Byrd, Jodi A. "Arriving on a Different Shore: US Empire at Its Horizons." College Literature 41.1 (2014): 174–181.
  • Byrd, Jodi A. "Indigeneity's Difference: Methodology and the Structures of Sovereignty." J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 2.1 (2014): 137–142.
  • Byrd, Jodi A. "Tribal 2.0: Digital Natives, Political Players, and the Power of Stories." Studies in American Indian Literatures 26.2 (2014): 55–64.
  • Byrd, Jodi A. "Follow the Typical Signs: Settler Sovereignty and its Discontents." Settler Colonial Studies 4.2 (2013): 1–4.
  • Byrd, Jodi A. "'Been to the Nation, Lord, But I Couldn't Stay There:' American Indian Sovereignty and the Incommensurability of the Internal." Interventions 13.1 (2011): 31–52.
  • Byrd, Jodi A. "'In the City of Blinding Lights:' Cultural Studies, Indigeneity, and the Affect of Colonialist Nostalgia." Cultural Studies Review 15.2 (2009): 13-28.
  • Byrd, Jodi A., and Katarina Heyer. "Introduction: International Discourses of Indigenous Rights and Responsibilities." Alternatives: Global, Local, Political 33.1 (2008): 1-5.
  • Byrd, Jodi A. "'Living My Native Life Deadly:' Red Lake, Ward Churchill, and the Discourses of Competing Genocides." American Indian Quarterly 31.2 (2007): 310-332.

Special Issues of a Journal

  • Byrd, Jodi A., Alyosha Goldstein, Jodi Melamed, and Chandan Reddy. Economies of Dispossession . Spec. iss. of Social Text 135.36, 2 (2018):
  • Byrd, Jodi A., and Michael Rothberg. Between Subalternity and Indigeneity. Spec. iss. of Interventions 13.1 (2011):
  • Byrd, Jodi A., and Katharina C. Heyer. Disrupting States: International Discourses of Indigenous Rights and Responsibilities. Spec. iss. of Alternatives: Global, Local, Political 33.1 (2008):


  • Rev. of Trans-Indigenous: Methodologies for global Native literary studies, by Chadwick Allen. Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 15.1 (2014):
  • "Beautiful Betrayals and Affective Resistances: A Review of Recent Scholarship Towards Global Liberation." Rev. of Affective Communities; Aloha Betrayed; Bush in Babylon; Contesting Empire, Globalizing Dissent; Empire, The National and Postcolonial 1890-1920. Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies 13.1 (2006): 86-95.

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