Dory Nason

Dory Nason (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) is Anishinaabe and an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Her areas of research include contemporary Indigenous Feminisms and related Native women’s intellectual history and literature. At UBC, Professor Nason teaches Indigenous Literature and Criticism; Indigenous Theory and Research Methods; and Indigenous Feminisms.

Dory Nason joined the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program in August 2008. Dory comes by way of the University of California’s Ethnic Studies Department at Berkeley. Specializing in Indigenous feminism and literature, Dory holds a joint position with the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. In 2013, she was awarded a prestigious Killam Teaching Prize in recognition of her contributions to teaching excellence at UBC.

Dory recently co-edited the volume Tekahionwake: E. Pauline Johnson’s Writings on Native America (Broadview Press, 2016) along with Dr. Margery Fee (UBC English). She is currently at work on her book manuscript, Red Feminist Voices: Native Women’s Activist Literature. She and Dr. Glen Coulthard were also featured contributors to the groundbreaking anthology, The Winter We Danced: Voices from the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement (ARP Books), which was released to great acclaim in March 2014.

FNIS 310 001 (3) Critical Indigenous Theory Seminar
The purpose of this course is to introduce some of the more common theoretical concepts, approaches and related issues in the field of Indigenous Studies in order to help prepare students for further advanced study in the FNIS core curriculum. Beginning with the critical discourse around identity and related subjects of whiteness, race, sexuality and gender in Canada and the US, the course will turn to cultural analysis of settler national identities and myth-making, the making of history/narrative, theorizing settler colonialism, and end with critical discourses of Indigenous feminisms, Indigenous resurgence, and Indigenous research methodologies.

~Prerequisite: FNSP 200, or FNSP 210 and 220, or FNIS 210 and 220
Term 1

FNIS 451 101 (3) Indigenous Feminisms
This course will engage contemporary Indigenous feminisms in Native North America through scholarly texts, community activism and artistic production, and personal narratives. This year’s seminar will focus on themes of gender and sexuality, including discussions of body sovereignty, self-determination in representations and expressions of sexuality, sex work, and Indigenous gender roles. While we will be focusing on a diversity of recent scholarship and emergent social and cultural issues, we will also examine the cultural and historical roots of diverse Indigenous feminist movements and fields of study. Credit will be granted for only one of FNIS 401D or FNIS 451. If you have any questions, feel free to email Dr. Sarah Hunt at

~Prerequisite: One of FNIS 100, FNSP 200, FNIS 210, FNSP 210, FNIS 220, FNSP 220 or instructor permission.
Term 1


FNIS 501A 101 (3) Graduate Theory and Methods Seminar
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FNIS 533D 101 (3) Indigenous Feminisms – Graduate Seminar
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GRSJ 301 201 (3) Gender and Indigeneity
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Indigenous feminism; Indigenous women’s intellectual history and literature.

Selected Publications


Tekahionwake:  E. Pauline Johnson’s Writing on Native America. Co-edited with Margery Fee. Broadview Press. January 2016.

“Carceral Power and Indigenous Feminist Resurgence in D’Arcy McNickle’s The Surrounded and Janet Campbell Hale’s ‘Claire’.” American Indian Culture & Research Journal. Vol. 40, no. 1 (2016).

“On Violence in the University and Trying to Live with a Loving Heart.” Hook and Eye. Online publication. April 17, 2015.

“We Hold Our Hands Up: On Indigenous Women’s Love and Resistance” Eds. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Leanne Simpson, et al. The Winter We Danced. Winnipeg: Arbiter Ring Press, 2014 (March).

“Violence is Not a Given.” Indigenous Nationhood Movement Website. Eds.  Leanne Simpson,Taiaike Alfred et al. December 6th 2013.