Department of English


Dr. Susan Bernardin
Professor - Chair of Women's Studies

Office Hours (Spring 2015):

Courses (Spring 2015):
LITR 286 - Women's Environmental Writing
LITR 345 - Native American Literature

315A Milne Library

Susan Bernardin


Professor Bernardin joined the English Department in 2001 after having taught for several years at University of Minnesota and University of California campuses. She received her B.A. from Princeton University and her Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Cruz. A specialist in American Indian and American literatures, Dr. Bernardin has published articles and book chapters on foundational and contemporary Native writers, including Gertrude Bonnin, Mourning Dove, Sherman Alexie, Eric Gansworth, Gerald Vizenor, and Louis Owens. She is a co-author of Trading Gazes: Euro-American Photographers and Native North Americans, 1880-1940 (Rutgers University Press, 2003), an interdisciplinary study of white women who found personal and professional fulfillment working in embattled Native communities in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. She also facilitated a new edition of In the Land of the Grasshopper Song (University of Nebraska Press) in collaboration with Karuk tribal members. Her current work addresses indigenous westerns and contemporary indigenous mixed-media and comic/graphic arts. She is a 2013 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and a two-time recipient of Western Literature Association's Don D. Walker Award for best published essay in Western American Literary Studies. She teaches courses in Native American literatures, U.S. literatures (especially Mark Twain), women's literatures, and post-colonial literatures of the Americas.