Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Jodi A. Byrd

Associate Professor of English and Gender and Women's Studies

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PhD English, University of Iowa, 2002

Teaching Interests

Indigenous studies, indigenous and postcolonial literatures, cultural studies, film, theory


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 199: American Indians in Film; AIS 430: Indigenous Governance; AIS 591: Problems in Indigenous Studies

Research Interests

Indigenous studies and governance, indigenous and postcolonial literatures, cultural studies, film, theory

Selected Publications


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

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Book Contributions

  • 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. "'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, JodiA 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.


  • 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.