Department of Ethnic Studies - College of Letters and Science - University of California, Berkeley

People / Faculty

Core Faculty

Beth Piatote

Associate Professor
Native American Studies

Native American literature, history, law and culture; Native American/Aboriginal literature and federal Indian law in the United States and Canada; American literature and cultural studies; Ni:mi:pu: (Nez Perce) language and literature

PhD, Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford University

MA, International Studies, University of Oregon BA, History and German, Bethel College


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Bio & Research Interests

My current book project, building on my recent monograph Domestic Subjects: Gender, Citizenship and Law in Native American Literature (Yale 2013), explores the ways in which Native American writers have drawn upon sensory representations such as sound and synesthesia to produce a distinct legal imaginary that contests settler-colonial incursion and affirms indigenous politics and aesthetics.


Domestic Subjects: Gender, Citizenship, and Law in Native American Literature

Select publications

Domestic Subjects: Gender, Citizenship, and Law in Native American Literature (Yale UP 2013)

Co-Editor (with Chadwick Allen), The Society of American Indians and Its Legacies, special double issue of SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literatures 37:3 and American Indian Quarterly 25:2, Summer 2013

"The Indian/Agent Aporia" In The Society of American Indians and Its Legacies, SAIL 37:3/AIQ 25:2 (Summer 2013): 45-Selected Publications "Domestic Trials: Indian Rights and National Belonging in Works by E. Pauline Johnson and John M. Oskison." American Quarterly 63.3 (Spring 2011): 95-116.

"Our (Someone Else's) Father: Articulation, Dysarticulation, and Indigenous Literary Traditions." Kenyon Review 32.1 (Winter 2010): 199-217.

"Bodies of Memory and Forgetting: "Putting on Weight" in Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead" in Paradoxa: Studies in World Literary Genres, No. 15 (2001): 198-210.

"The News of the Day" In Studies in American Indian Literatures 21.2 (Summer 2009): 71-74.

"Life-Size Indian" and "Beading Lesson" In Reckonings: Contemporary Short Fiction by Native American Women, ed. Hertha D. Sweet Wong, Lauren Stuart Muller, and Jana Sequoya Magdaleno. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2008. 267-278.

Beading Lesson and Other Stories, short fiction manuscript in progress

Awards & Honors

University of California Regents Junior Faculty Fellowship, 2012

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2009-2010

Hellman Family Faculty Fund Award, 2009

Whiting Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities, 2006-07

Graduate Research Opportunity Grant, Stanford University, 2003

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, 2001-03