BB-Rasmussen  Birgit Brander Rasmussen

   Assistant Professor, English Department


Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence in Citizenship, Rights and Cultural Belonging

Ph.D., Comparative Ethnic Studies emphasis on American Literature, UC-Berkeley, 2003

Tel: 607-777- 6126
Office: LN 1138

Areas of Interest

  • American Studies
  • Comparative Ethnic Studies
  • Native American and Indigenous Literacies
  • Early American Literature
  • Race, Writing, and Coloniality


Queequeg’s Coffin: Indigenous Literacies and the Making of Early American Literature (Duke University Press, 2012).

  • Honorable Mention, 2013 Lora Romero First Book Prize, American Studies Association
  • 2012 Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication or Research for Junior Faculty Members in the Humanities, Yale University

The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness (Durham: Duke University Press, 2001, Reprint 2012), anthology co-edited with Irene J. Nexica, Eric Klinenberg, and Matt Wray.

Select Articles

"American Captivity Narratives from the Colonial Era to the Present: A New Timeline" in Timelines of American Literature, Christopher Hager and Cody Marss, eds. (John Hopkins UP, forthcoming)

“Literacy and Language” in Routledge Companion to Native American Literature Handbook, ed. Deborah Madsen (Routledge, 2015).

 “A Kiowa’s Odyssey: Reading E-tah- dle-uh Doanmoe’s 1877 Sketchbook from Fort Marion” in Contested Spaces in Early America, Juliana Barr and Ed Countryman, eds. (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014).

“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, Matt Cohen and Jeffrey Glover, eds. (University of Nebraska Press, 2013).

“‘Attended with Great Inconveniences’: Slave Literacy and the 1740 South Carolina ‘Negro Act’” in PMLA: the Journal of the Modern Language Association 2010

“‘Those that do violence must expect to suffer’: Disrupting Segregationist Fictions of Safety in Charles W. Chesnutt’s The Marrow of Tradition in The Aesthetics of Living Jim Crow, and Other Kinds of Racial Division, Brian Norman and Piper Kendrix Williams, eds. (SUNY University Press, 2010)

“Negotiating Treaties, Negotiating Literacies: A French-Iroquois Encounter and the Making of Early American Literature” in American Literature 2007

  • Winner of the Norman Foerster Prize for the Best Essay published in American Literature 2007

Currently at work on two Book Projects

Signs of Resistance, Signs of Resurgence: NDN Pictography and American Literature 901 to the Digital Age

Contemporary American Captivity Narratives: 1900-present 


  • Race and Gender in American Literature
  • Native American and Indigenous Literatures and Theory
  • Latino/a/x Literature
  • American Captivity Narratives
  • Comparative Ethnic Studies
  • Colonial Visions and Revisions

Last Updated: 10/21/16