Birgit Brander Rasmussen

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Assistant Professor American Studies
HGS 2683

Birgit Brander Rasmussen is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Race and Migration. She received her Ph.D. from UC-Berkeley’s Ethnic Studies Department. Her scholarship focuses on race, writing, colonialism, and American Literature. She is the author of a prize-winning book entitled Queequeg’s Coffin: Indigenous Literacies and the Making of Early American Literature (Duke University Press, 2012). Her work has appeared in anthologies and in American Literature, PMLA, Early American Literature, Journal of Transnational American Studies, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Mississippi Quarterly, and Journal of American Studies. Her article, “Negotiating Treaties, Negotiating Literacies: A French-Iroquois Encounter and the Making of Early American Literature,” won the 2007 Norman Foerster Prize for best essay published in American Literature. She is co-editor of The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness (Duke, 2001). She has two articles forthcoming: “The Manuscript, the Quipu, and the Early American Book: Don Phelipe Guaman Poma de Ayala’s Nueva Corónica y Buen Gobierno” in Early American Mediascapes, eds. Matt Cohen and Jeffrey Glover (Nebraska University Press, Forthcoming); and “A Kiowa’s Odyssey: Reading E-tah-dle-uh Doanmoe’s 1877 Sketchbook from Fort Marion” in Contested Spaces in Early America, eds. Juliana Barr and Ed Countryman (Penn University Press, Forthcoming).

Currently on leave, Professor Brander Rasmussen is conducting research for a new book titled Signs of Insurrection: Fort Marion, NDN Pictography, and the Rise of the Carceral State.