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Alyssa Hunziker

Assistant Professor

Address: Morrill 201B
Phone: 405-744-3128


PhD, University of Florida
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Areas of Interest & Expertise
  • Native American and Indigenous Literatures

  • U.S. Empire

  • Transnational American Studies

  • Settler colonial studies

Recent Courses Taught
  • Transnational Native American Literatures

  • Reading U.S. Empire

  • Native American Literature and the Environment

Selected Publications
  • “Playing Indian, Playing Filipino: Native American and Filipino Interactions at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School” American Quarterly, Volume 72, Number 2, June 2020

  • “At the Intersections of Empire: Ceremony, Transnationalism, and American Indian-Filipino Exchange” Studies in American Indian Literatures, Volume 31, Numbers 3-4, Winter 2019

  • “Toni Morrison, Indigeneity, and Settler Colonialism” Settler Colonial Studies, Volume 8, Number 4, 2018

Selected Conference Presentations
  • "'What Makes a Home a Home?': Chinese Exclusion, Indigenous Dispossession, and the American West." Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S., 2021.

  • "Gardens, Crops, and Seeds as Alternative Archives in Leslie Marmon Silko's Gardens in the Dunes." Modern Language Association, 2021.

  • "Gina Apostol's Transnational Archives: Remembering Little Big Horn and the Philippine-American War." Modern Language Association, 2021.

  • “Indigenous Futurisms, Climate Change, and the Apocalypse.” Modern Language Association, Seattle, WA, January 9-12 2020.

  • “Localizing Transnational Connections between Native America and the Philippines.” American Studies Association, Honolulu, HI, November 7-10 2019.

  • “The Emergence of Philippine-American Indian Solidarity in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony and Peter Bacho’s Entrys.” American Studies Association, Atlanta, GA November 8-11 2018.

  • “Anti-Imperialism and the Archive: the Carlisle Indian School and U.S. Imperialism in the Philippines.” Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, Los Angeles, CA, May 17-19 2018.

Awards and Recognition
  • First Book Institute, Center for American Literary Studies, Penn State University, 2021

  • Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, Visiting Research Fellow, 2018

Professional Memberships
    • American Studies Association (ASA)

    • Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures (ASAIL)

    • Modern Language Association (MLA)

    • Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA)

    • Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures in the U.S. (MELUS) 

Current Research

My current book project, Histories in Common: Transnational Native American Literature and the Circulation of Global U.S. Empire engages with growing interest in transnational Indigenous studies and comparative racialization. I argue that contemporary Native authors engage ‘archival reading practices’ to uncover previously under-discussed connections between Native North America and other sites of empire abroad, including Ireland, the Philippines, and Viet Nam. Using archival readings alongside literature, the project uncovers shared settler colonial and imperial projects in colonial education, colonial performance, militarism, and eco-imperialism and environmental slow violence.

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