Seeking book manuscripts – Critical Indigeneities book series from the University of North Carolina Press

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About Critical Indigeneities

a book series from the University of North Carolina Press

Critical Indigeneities will showcase pathbreaking scholarship that centers Indigeneity as a category of critical analysis, understands Indigenous sovereignty as ongoing and historically grounded, and attends to diverse forms of Indigenous cultural and political agency and expression. The series seeks to build on the conceptual rigor, methodological innovation, and deep relevance that characterize the best work in the growing field of critical Indigenous studies.

Critical Indigeneities will seek book manuscripts at the intersection of a broad range of disciplines and fields, including Cultural Studies, American Studies, History, Literature, Anthropology, Geography, Sociology, Environmental Studies, Political Science, Legal Studies, Performance Studies, Critical Race Studies, and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies. The series especially seeks books that employ decolonizing methodologies and Indigenous-centered theoretical and conceptual frames. Such work may engage with critical perspectives on sovereignty struggles, Indigenous intellectual sovereignty, public history and memory studies, decolonial histories, feminist and queer interventions, visual culture and representation, globalization, Indigenous modernities, and cultural production and criticism. We particularly encourage proposals and manuscripts that are comparative or explicitly situated within a framework of global Indigeneity. This includes works that move beyond regional and nation-state frameworks, assessing the histories, political conditions, and other meaningful links pertinent to the world’s Indigenous peoples.



J. Kehaulani Kauanui
J. Kehaulani Kauanui

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui (Kanaka Maoli) is Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at Wesleyan University. She is the author of Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity; her second book (in progress), Thy Kingdom Come? The Paradox of Hawaiian Sovereignty, is a critical examination of land, gender, and sexual politics in relation to nationalism. She serves on the editorial boards of Settler Colonial Studies, American Indian Quarterly, and Hūlili: Multidisciplinary Research on Hawaiian Well-Being. Kauanui is a co-founder of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA). She has a long history of working in independent community radio, including her 7-year run with the show “Indigenous Politics,” and current program, “Anarchy on Air,” for WESU-FM.
Email: jkauanui(at)

Jean M. O’Brien
Jean M. O’Brien

Jean M. O’Brien (White Earth Ojibwe) is Distinguished McKnight University Professor of History and American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is the author or co-editor of books including Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians Out of Existence in New England; Recognition, Sovereignty Struggles, and Indigenous Rights in the United States; and Why You Can’t Teach United States History without American Indians. O’Brien is co-founder and past president of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), past president of the American Society for Ethnohistory, and inaugural co-editor (with Robert Warrior) of the journal, Native American and Indigenous Studies.
Email: obrie002(at)


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