Daniel Justice

Daniel Heath Justice is a Colorado-born Canadian citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He received his B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Before coming to UBC, he spent ten years as a faculty member in the Department of English at the University of Toronto, where he was also an affiliate of the Aboriginal Studies Program.

Daniel currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture. He is the author of Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokee Literary History and numerous essays in the field of Indigenous literary studies, as well as co-editor of a number of critical and creative anthologies and journals, including The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature (with James H. Cox) and the award-winning Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature (with Qwo-Li Driskill, Deborah Miranda, and Lisa Tatonetti). He is also the author of Badger in the celebrated Animal series from Reaktion Books (UK).

2015 marks the tenth publication anniversary of the first volume in Daniel’s Indigenous epic fantasy series, The Way of Thorn and Thunder, which was published under that title in an omnibus edition in 2011. His current projects include Why Indigenous Literatures Matter, a literary manifesto forthcoming from Wilfrid Laurier University Press in 2016, a collection of essays and short stories titled Imagining Otherwise: Reflections on Indigenous Belonging and Desire, as well as a new dark fantasy trilogy, a cultural history of raccoons, and a critical monograph on other-than-human kinship in Indigenous writing.

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ENGL 227 002 (3) Prose Fiction
Please contact the UBC English Department for more information on this course at (604) 822-5122.

FNIS 100 001 (3) Indigenous Foundations
FNIS 100 will introduce the social, historical, political, religious, and philosophical contexts that inform the experiences of many Indigenous peoples and communities in Canada and throughout North America, with attention to global Indigenous concerns. Emphasis will be on the ways Indigenous peoples have engaged with and challenged colonialism through cultural resurgence and revitalization, education, artistic production, self-government, and culturally responsive economic development, and will include guest speakers, films, and community engagement activities.

~Prerequisite: none
Term 1

FNIS 401Q 101 (3) Queer/Two-Spirit Indigenous Studies
This course considers the cultural contexts, scholarship, literature, and artistic expressions of queer/LGBT/two-spirited Indigenous people, both as an academic area of study and as lived experience and relationship. Drawing on Indigenous traditions of gender and sexual diversity, two-spirit political activism, and relevant research, and engaging Indigenous and intersectional feminisms, queer/LGBT and gender studies, and Indigenous Studies more broadly, we will undertake a deep engagement of the interventions, complications, and provocations in this area and what’s at stake in doing this work. Students are encouraged to have some familiarity with queer/gender studies, Indigenous Studies, and/or intersectional scholarship, but at minimum should be curious, thoughtful, and willing to learn and listen to often under-represented voices both in and beyond the classroom.

~Prerequisites: One of FNSP 200, 210, 220, or FNIS 210, 220, or third-year standing
Term 2

FNIS 533Q 101 (3) Queer/Two-Spirit Indigenous Studies
If you are a graduate student who is interested in taking this course, follow our standard graduate registration instructions here: http://fnis.arts.ubc.ca/graduate-courses/

Areas of research interest: Cherokee intellectual history; Indigenous literary expression, intellectual sovereignty, and critical theory; Indigenous expressive culture; representations of race and sexuality in the literatures of the fantastic; cultural history of animals

  • Daniel’s current scholarship focuses on the role of Indigenous writing, art, and performance in expressing, transforming, and creating meaningful kinship relationships, especially between Indigenous peoples and the other-than-human world.
  • Academic projects in development include: a short monograph on why Indigenous literatures matter, a cultural history of raccoons, a study of other-than-human kinship in Indigenous literature and arts, and a new Indigenous fantasy series.
Selected Publications


Critical Work: Books

  • Badger (Reaktion Books, 2015).
  • The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature, co-edited with James H. Cox (Oxford University Press, 2014).
  • Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokee Literary History (University of Minnesota Press, 2006).


Critical Work: Essays

  • “Indigenous Writing,” The World of Indigenous North America, ed. Robert Warrior (Routledge, 2015).
  • “Indigenous Peoples’ Writing in Canada,” The Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literature, ed. Ato Quayson (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
  • “‘To Look upon Thousands’: Cherokee Transnationalism, at Home and Abroad,” in The New Centennial Review 10.1 (Spring 2010).
  • “Notes Toward a Theory of Anomaly,” GLQ 16.1-2 (2010).
  • “‘Go away water!’: Kinship Criticism and the Decolonization Imperative,” in Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008).
  • “Renewing the Fire: Notes Toward the Liberation of English Studies,” in English Studies in Canada 29.1-2 (March/June 2003).
  • “We’re Not There Yet, Kemo Sabe: Positing a Future for American Indian Literary Studies” in American Indian Quarterly 25.2 (Spring 2001).


Creative Work

  • The Way of Thorn and Thunder: The Kynship Chronicles, revised omnibus edition of the Way of Thorn and Thunder trilogy (KynshipWyrwood, and Dreyd, all published by Kegedonce Press in Canada), University of New Mexico Press, 2011.