Department of English


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

Office Hours (Fall 2015):
MW 1:00-2:00pm
Th 1:00-2:30pm

Courses (Fall 2015):
ALIT 372 - Mark Twain

315A Milne Library

Susan Bernardin


Professor Bernardin (B.A., Princeton University; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz) is a specialist in American Indian and U.S. 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 Andre Cramblit and Terry Supahan, Karuk tribal members. She served as guest editor for Western American Literature’s special issue on Indigenous Westerns in 2014 and has forthcoming publications on contemporary Indigenous mixed-media and comic/graphic arts. Dr. Bernardin 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 currently serves as Co-President of the Western Literature Association and is organizing its annual conference. Dr. Bernardin teaches courses in Native American literatures, women's literatures, environmental writing, memoir, and post-colonial literatures of the Americas.