Carol Edelman Warrior

Assistant Professor

Department and Program Affiliations:
English

Academic focus:
Native American, First Nations, and Alaska Native literatures; Indigenous critical theory; Indigenous philosophies; indigenous futurisms, ecocriticism, activism, film, music, material culture, and sovereignty

Current research project:
I currently research the connections between portrayals of the "fearsome" in traditional and contemporary Indigenous narratives. I find that focusing on the villains--and how protagonists resist them--reveals complex sociopolitical analyses that become echoed by formal literary choices. 

Previous position:
Instructor, Departments of English and American Indian Studies, University of Washington, 2009-2015

Academic background:
Ph.D., English language and literature, University of Washington, 2015
M.A., English language and literature, University of Washington, 2010
B.A. English and American Indian studies, University of Washington, 2008

Last book read:
“Godless, but Loyal to Heaven,” by Richard Van Camp

In your own time when not working:
I like to make things: clothing, quilts, jewelry, paintings, ceremonial items and the like. Being outdoors recharges me and my family, so together, we enjoy hiking with our goofy dog.

Courses most looking forward to teaching:
Cannibals, Vampires, Colonizers, and Other Fearsome Figures in Native American Literature; Indigenous Philosophies and Worldviews; Native American Women’s Literature; and Indigenous Futurisms

What excites you most about Cornell:
As a Mellon Fellow at Cornell last year, I participated in weekly theme-driven discussions with a group of Cornell scholars from a variety of disciplines. That experience confirmed for me that the main attraction of Cornell is its impressive scholars, students, and research opportunities, as well as the encouragement to work across fields. I’m also looking forward to developing deeper ties of friendship and collaboration with Cayuga and other nearby Haudenosaunee people, because I recognize and honor their unique and enduring relationship to the lands that we live and work upon here at Cornell. 

Carol Edelman Warrior