Red Pens, White Paper: Wider Implications of Coulthard’s Call to Sovereignty

  • Brian Burkhart California State University, Northridge
  • David J. Carlson California State University, San Bernardino
  • Billy J. Stratton University of Denver
  • Theodore C. Van Alst University of Montana
  • Carol Edelman Warrior Cornell University
Keywords: Native American, Theory, Decolonization


Transcript of a roundtable conversation focused on Glen Coulthard's book Red Skins, White Masks.

Author Biographies

Brian Burkhart, California State University, Northridge

 BRIAN BURKHART is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California State University Northridge. He grew up on the Navajo nation in Arizona and is also from the Cherokee tribe of Oklahoma, where he still has a lot of family. He wrote his doctoral dissertation at Indiana University on environmental ethics and indigenous philosophy, and is in the process of having a book published by SUNY Press entitled Respect for Kinship: Toward an Indigenous Environmental Ethics. 



David J. Carlson, California State University, San Bernardino
DAVID J. CARLSON is Professor of English at California State University, San Bernardino.  He is the author of Sovereign Selves: American Indian Autobiography and the Law (University of Illinois Press, 2006) and Imagining Sovereignty: The Discourse of Self-Determination in American Indian Law and Literature (forthcoming, University of Oklahoma Press, 2016).
Billy J. Stratton, University of Denver
BILLY J. STRATTON (PhD, American Indian Studies—University of Arizona) is currently an assistant professor in the English department at the University of Denver. His teaching and research centers on contemporary American/Native American literature, critical theory and creative writing. His first book, Buried in Shades of Night, was published in 2013.
Theodore C. Van Alst, University of Montana
THEODORE C. VAN ALST, Jr. is Associate Professor and Chair of Native American Studies at the University of Montana. He is a former Assistant Dean and Director of the Native American Cultural Center at Yale University, and has been an Assistant Professor and Co-Chair of the Program in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Connecticut. His most recent work includes "Lapin Noir: To Del Rio It Went" in A Critical Companion to the Fiction of Stephen Graham Jones, ed. Billy J. Stratton from the University of New Mexico Press as well as the chapters "Navajo Joe," and "The Savage Innocents," in Seeing Red—Hollywood's Pixeled Skins: American Indians and Film (2013), available from Michigan State University Press. His current book-length project is Spaghetti and Sauerkraut with a Side of Frybread, and his edited volume The Faster Redder Road: The Best UnAmerican Stories of Stephen Graham Jones was released in April 2015 by the University of New Mexico Press, who are also publishing a collection of his short stories in 2018. His fiction and photography have been published in Entropy, The Rumpus, Indian Country Today, The RavenChronicles, and Yellow Medicine Review, among others. He has worked as a consultant on multiple projects for the Disney Channel as well as on NPR's All Things Considered, and has recently appeared in multiple segments of the History Channel series Mankind the Story of All of Us. He has been interviewed by The Washington Post, Canadian Broadcast Corporation, Native America Calling, Smithsonian Magazine, and Al-Jazeera America Television on a variety of subjects, from Native representation and Tonto to Spaghetti Westerns, headdresses, and Twilight.
Carol Edelman Warrior, Cornell University
CAROL EDELMAN WARRIOR joined the Cornell community as a Postdoctoral Mellon Fellow in the Department of English, and is currently an Assistant Professor. She is enrolled with the Ninilchik Village Tribe (Dena'ina Athabascan / Alutiiq), and is also of A'aninin (Gros Ventre) descent. Before coming to Cornell, Warrior taught in the Departments of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. Among her research and teaching interests are Indigenous critical theory, Indigenous philosophies, futurisms, ecocriticism, activism, literature, film, music, material culture, and sovereignty.
How to Cite
Burkhart, B., Carlson, D. J., Stratton, B. J., Van Alst, T. C., & Warrior, C. E. (2017). Red Pens, White Paper: Wider Implications of Coulthard’s Call to Sovereignty. Transmotion, 3(2), 111-128.