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Joshua Nelson
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Ex officio member, Board of Directors


Joshua NelsonBiography: Joshua B. Nelson is Director of Film and Media Studies and Associate Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma, where he is also affiliated faculty with Native American Studies. He is the author of Progressive Traditions: Identity in Cherokee Literature and Culture (University of Oklahoma Press, 2014), and is at work on a book on valences of the body in American Indian film. He is the lead organizer of the Native Crossroads Film Festival and Symposium, a festival focusing on Indigenous media, and has also been Faculty Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion with the Center for Teaching Excellence. He serves on the Board as an ex-officio member representing the home office.


University of Oklahoma
Film and Video Studies
640 Parrington Oval
Wallace Old Science Hall, Room 300
Norman, OK 73019

Office Phone: (405) 325-3020



Ph.D. English Language and Literature, Cornell University, minor in American Indian Studies.

M.A. English Language and Literature, Cornell University.                                                            

B.A. Psychology, Yale University. 

Teaching and Research Interests:
  American Indian and indigenous film and literature, representations of American Indians, identity theory

Selected Publications:


Progressive Traditions: Identity in Cherokee Literature and Culture. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2014.

Selected Articles and Chapters:

“Bodies in Motion: Tradition, Land, and Politics in Atanarjuat and Frozen River. The Native American Renaissance: Literary Imagination and Achievement. Vol. 2. Ed. Alan Velie and A. Robert Lee. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. Forthcoming.

“Power in the Blood: Boundary Crossing and Bloodletting in Randy Redroad’s The Doe Boy.”  First Takes: Indigenous Film in North America. Ed. Kerstin Knopf, Wendy Pearson, and Ernie Blackmore. Forthcoming.

“Keeping Oklahoma Indian Territory: Alice Callahan and John Oskison (Indian Enough).” The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature. Ed. Daniel Heath Justice and James Cox. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. 638-54.

“Winking like a One-Eyed Ford: American Indian Films on the Hilarity of Poverty.” The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Film Comedy. Ed. Andy Horton and Joanna Rapf. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. 365-86.


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Society for Cinema and Media Studies
640 Parrington Oval
Wallace Old Science Hall, Room 300
Norman, OK 73019
(405) 325-8075