I received my PhD in Anthropology in 2012 from the University of Iowa.  I did my undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota.  I have taught at Bowdoin College in Maine, the University of Victoria in British Columbia, The Evergreen State College in Washington, the University of Washington, and Cornell University in New York.

Please note, nothing on this site should be construed as representative of any of my current or past institutional affiliations.

My research areas are: Indigenous language revitalization, language and identity, American cultural studies, language ideologies, American Indian sovereignty, critical theory, Native American studies, and coloniality.

I am also known for applying Indigenous critical theory to zombie films and literature.

Shaawano niindigo.  Makwa nindoodem.  Gaawaabaabiganikaag indoonjibaa, idash Cayuga ishkoniganing indaa.  Miigwech mawidishiyeg!



Rhymes for Young Deadpool

  This was presented at the 2019  Native American Literature Symposium  at Mystic Lake Casino on March 10, 2019. It is a “Red Reading” of Deadpool 2, done in honor of and in incomplete collaboration with my wife, Dr. Carol Warrior, who passed away a few weeks after we saw


Policing Resource Extraction and Human Rights in “The Land of the Dead”

    Policing Resource Extraction and Human Rights in The Land of the Dead   “The humor, bravery, and rude strength, as well as the vices of the frontier in its worst aspect, have left traces on American character, language, and literature, not soon to be effaced.” – Frederick Jackson


On Liminality

  Tweet If there’s one thing I’ve tried to keep in mind as someone invested in Ojibwe language revitalization, it is the fact that languages change over time. This is part of the life of a language; any language that remains vital, creative, and useful will change according to the


On ‘Indian’ Stereotype

Tweet   While talking about stereotype has become rather boring, stereotypes themselves have not gone out of fashion, nor have they lost much of their ability to stand in for real people and real issues. Stereotypes fill films and literature, and allow their audience to quickly follow plots and conflicts


What can Marx and Engels tell us about “mindfulness,” colorblind racism, and respectability politics?

  Tweet The German Ideology is full of snark and drama, a glimpse into debates occurring in the 19th Century among followers of Hegel. It is prime evidence for “call out culture” being more than an Internet 2.0 phenomenon. While it helps to have some familiarity with the players, or


Cornell Colloquium Talk

The Opposite of Sacred is Prosaic, Not Profane: Language Ideology and Ojibwe Language Revitalization  


REVIEW: Nichols and Nyholm’s “Concise Dictionary of Minnesota Ojibwe”

  Tweet While there are many opinions about the propriety of writing down oral Indigenous languages, written sources remain important to language learners and language learning.  Ojibwes, of course, have a unique relationship to literacy going back thousands of years.  This Ojibwe language dictionary by linguist John D. Nichols and


The Negative Space of Tribal Sovereignty

The Negative Space of Tribal Sovereignty   Tweet   Earlier, I wrote about how sovereignty is best understood as a network of relationships among various types of power, rather than looking at sovereignty as a measure of power. In other words, sovereignty exists when one power recognizes the powers of


On Sovereignty

On Sovereignty   Tweet   Sovereignty is one of those terms we toss around without much thought. To be sure, sovereignty is an important word within contemporary American Indian discussions. The term itself draws from legal, cultural, political, and historical traditions, and these traditions are connected to both European as


Frontiers of the Reanimated West

The Anthropology of Zombies: Frontiers of the Reanimated West Tweet   I had a great time at the University of Oklahoma for this talk! Thanks to Steven Paul Judd for permission to use his “Dead Skins” artwork for the flyer. Extra special thanks to the OU Anthropology Graduate Student Association