Fellow: Awarded 2018
Field of Study: Literary Criticism
Competition: US & Canada
Shari Huhndorf received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University, and she is currently Class of 1938 Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research and teaching focus on the areas of interdisciplinary Native American studies, contemporary literary and visual culture, cultural studies, gender studies, and American studies.
Professor Huhndorf is the author of two books, Going Native: Indians in the American Cultural Imagination (2001) and Mapping the Americas: The Transnational Politics of Contemporary Native Culture (2009), and a co-editor of Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, Culture (2010), winner of the Canadian Women's Studies Association prize for Outstanding Scholarship. Another co-edited work, Sovereignty, Indigeneity, and the Law (2011), a special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly, won the Council of Editors of Learned Journals award for best special issue of a journal as well as the award for outstanding indigenous scholarship from the American Indian and Alaska Native Professors Association. Her work has also appeared in journals including Critical Inquiry, PMLA, American Quarterly, American Anthropologist, South Atlantic Quarterly, Social Identities, and Annals of Scholarship. She has previously held major fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Association of University Women.
As a Guggenheim Fellow, she will be completing “Indigeneity and the Politics of Space: Gender, Geography, Culture,” a book about how Native American artists, writers, and filmmakers represent geographical spaces and thus engage conflicts over land and social power.