Alanna Hickey

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Assistant Professor of English

Ph.D. Northwestern University, 2016

My research and teaching focuses on intersections between early American literatures, poetry and poetics, Native American and Indigenous studies, and settler colonial studies. I am revising a book manuscript that uncovers the central role of poetry in Native American expressive cultures before the Native American Renaissance of the 1960s. 

My essays have appeared in Studies in American Indian Literatures and the Iowa Review. I am currently working on a project about the fiftieth anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz, and the literary publications surrounding the protest movement then and now. Before joining the English Department, I was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center. 

In the fall I am teaching two sections of Engl 127, Readings in American Literature. And this spring I will be teaching two new courses: a first year seminar that reads the long literary history of this region to understand how literature and place come to shape one another (Engl 026), and a junior seminar on experimental writing by Native poets in territories claimed by the U.S. and Canada (Engl 279).