Joseph Bauerkemper received his PhD in American studies from the University of Minnesota where his areas of specialization were American and indigenous literatures, intellectual history, and political theory. He spent the 2008-2009 academic year at the University of Illinois as a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the American Indian Studies program. Joseph’s current book project, Trans/National Narrations: Native Writing, Unsettled Histories, and Ethical Polity, develops and employs the critical lens of “indigenous transnationalism” to explore nationhood and history as narrated in the fiction and non-fiction of influential American Indian intellectuals including Choctaw writer LeAnne Howe, Laguna Pueblo writer Leslie Marmon Silko, Anishinaabe writer Gerald Vizenor, Osage writer Robert Warrior, and Creek/Cherokee writer Craig Womack. Joseph has published inStudies in American Indian Literatures and American Studies, and has a piece forthcoming in the Journal of Transnational American Studies. He also has written two essays on Native cinema soon to be released in edited collections. Along with his research and writing, Joseph has taught courses in American, Native American, and transnational indigenous literatures for the UCLA Department of English. Currently, Joseph serves an Assistant Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.