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 (3) Critical Indigenous Theory Seminar
This course discusses adapting and integrating current conceptual paradigms in the humanities, social sciences, performing arts, and Indigenous studies into approaches in First Nations/Indigenous Studies, including identity construction, political and cultural self-determination, representation, essentialism/authenticity, ethics, and decolonization. Credit will be granted for only one of FNIS 310 or FNSP 310. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: Either (a) FNSP 200 or (b) all of FNIS 210, FNIS 220 or (c) all of FNSP 210, FNSP 220.
Instructor: Nason, Dory
Term 1

FNIS 451 (3) Indigenous Feminisms
This course examines the historical, cultural, political, and activist roots of contemporary Indigenous feminisms. Indigenous feminist methodologies, theory, and praxis in relation to contemporary Indigenous politics and social justice movements. Credit will be granted for only one of FNSP 401D, FNIS 451, or FNSP 451. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: One of FNIS 100, FNSP 200, FNIS 210, FNSP 210, FNIS 220, FNSP 220 or instructor permission.
Instructor: Nason, Dory
Term 1

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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.