Joy Porter_Sept 2018

Professor Joy Porter

Professor of Indigenous History

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

School of Histories, Languages and Cultures

01482 465465

Professor Porter is an interdisciplinary researcher and teacher of Native American Indian history in relation to war, modernity, literature and the environment. She is Co-Principal Investigator of the University cluster Treatied Spaces: Environment & Peoples in America, 1607-1890.

Her work has benefited from awards from the Fulbright Commission, AHRC, British Academy and Leverhulme Trust.

Professor Porter was appointed to the AHRC Strategic Review College, 2016-2020, and reviews for the Leverhulme Trust, Fulbright Commission and Higher Education Academy.

Her latest book was Native American Environmentalism (2014) and her next is The Native American Poet of the First World War.

Joy Porter is a member of REF 2021 Sub-panel 28 (History) as sub-panel Interdisciplinary Advisor. Her appointment is for the duration of the REF 2021 exercise.


Research Interests

  • Native American Indian history, war, modernity, literature and the environment

Research groups

Professor Porter is currently Co-Principal Investigator of the University of Hull research cluster Treatied Spaces: Environment & Peoples in America, 1607-1890.

She was previously Principal Investigator on a 2011 research project, funded by a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, entitled The American Presidency and Tribal Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century.

She is collaborating with 2018 British Academy Visiting Fellow Dale Turner, Associate Professor, Department of Native American Studies, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire on a project entitled “A Tradition of Anishinaabe Diplomacy: indigenous Spirituality in Anishinaabe Constitutionalism”.

Prior to this, she was Principal Investigator on a 2010 research project, funded by an AHRC Research Fellowship, entitled The American Indian Poet of the First World War: Modernism and the Indian Identity of Frank ‘Toronto’ Prewett 1893-1962. This project allowed her to write the first book to make serious, conceptual arguments about Native American identity on both sides of the Atlantic during and after the First World War.


Research monographs

Native American Environmentalism, University of Nebraska Press, 2014.

Land & Spirit in America, Praeger Press, 2012.

Native American Freemasonry: Associationalism and Performance in America, University of Nebraska Press, 2012.

To Be Indian: Indian Identity and the Life of Arthur Caswell Parker, 1882-155, University of Oklahoma Press, 2001.

Journal articles

'Native American Indian Freemasonry and Its Relation to the Performative Turn within Contemporary American Scholarship', Journal of American Studies, Vol. No. 02, May 2013 pp.439-458, Available on CJO2012 doi:10.1017/S0021875812000795.

Full list 


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Into the Wild - The Environment and American Cultural History in the Nineteenth Century and Beyond     

  • Animal Histories

  • Dissertation

Research PhDs

Joy Porter welcomes enquiries on all aspects of indigenous studies and US environmentalism.

Completed PhDs 

Susannah Hopson, (2017), The Process of Memory: A Comparative Study of Native American Massacre Sites, 1863-1864.

Current Supervisions

Edward Mair, Native American Slaveholding and Biracial Alliance Amongst Native American Indian and African Americans 1500-Present. Supervisors: Professor Joy Porter, Professor John Oldfield.

Juli Schlag, Trees in Indigenous America in Historical and Biological Context. Supervisors: Professor Joy Porter, Professor Roland Ennos.

Heather Hatton, Treatied Narrativity.

Mark Millard, Overlapping Sovereignties and Treatied Space.

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • University Nominee HEA National Teaching Award

  • Best Module Award for 'Into the Wild', University of Hull Student Union

  • National Teaching Fellowship, 2018 

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, American Studies, 1994

  • MA, American Studies, 1990

  • BA (Hons) Humanities, 1989

External roles

  • AHRC Strategic Review Panel Member, 2017-2020

  • Fulbright Ambassador & Review Panel Member (History) Fulbright U.S.-U.K. Educational Commission

  • Review Panel Member (NTF/CATE) Higher Education Academy

Awards and accolades

  • 2015 Fulbright All-Disciplines Scholar Award, Department of Native Studies, Dartmouth, New Hampshire.

  • 2012 British Academy Mid-Career Fellow

  • 2010 AHRC Research Fellowship

  • 2008 Writer of the Year award from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers for the Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature, Eds. Joy Porter & Kenneth Roemer (University of Texas), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • 2001 Outstanding Academic Title award from American Library Association’s Choice magazine for To Be Indian: Indian Identity and the Life of Arthur Caswell Parker, 1882-1955.

  • 2001 Leverhulme Research Fellowship.

Professional highlights

2019 Invited Lectures & Keynotes: 

  1. University of York Alymer Lecture, 13 June: “The American Environment: Histories of Conflict Over Energy, Water & Treatied Space”.

  2. Eccles- British Association of Canadian Studies Keynote Lecture, European Association of American Studies Conference, 11-13 April: “American Land: Food Security & Treatied Space”.

  3. Swiss Association of North American Studies Symposium Keynote, University of Geneva, Nov. 2019: “Decolonizing Water”.

Professor Porter joined the Faculty of the Department of Native Studies at Dartmouth, 2015-16 as a Fulbright Scholar.

She delivered the 2015 lecture in celebration of Native American Heritage Month at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond; spoke for the Department of History at West Point Military Academy and at the Native American Cultural Center, Yale University, Connecticut for the Yale Group for the Study of Native America.

Professor Porter also delivered the 2013 Sankey Lecture at Brock University, Canada