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Beth H. Piatote, Associate Professor

Ethnic Studies Department, Native American Studies

Office: 582 Barrows
Email: piatote@berkeley.edu
Office hours: By appointment

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. I also continue to work on translations of Ni:mi:pu (Nez Perce) literary texts and am collaborating with Berkeley's department of Linguistics to create an audio dictionary of the Nez Perce language that will be available to academics and community members working on indigenous language study, continuity, and rejuvenation.


PhD, Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford University
MA, International Studies, University of Oregon
BA, History and German, Bethel College

Research interests

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



NAS152: Native American Literature; NAS 20A: Introduction to NAS I; NAS 20B: Introduction to NAS II: Cultural Practice, Art, and Identity; ES 101B: Humanities Methods in Ethnic Studies; AMST 102/NAS 90: The Reservation as Place


ES 250: Empire and Domesticity; ES 250:Writing Across Genre; ES 250: Native American Literary Theory; ES 201: History and Narrativity



Selected 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): 45-62

"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

Honors & Awards

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



Ethnic Studies Department
506 Barrows Hall #2570
Berkeley, CA 94720-2570
510-642-6456 fax

Office Hours: Mon - Thurs 9-12, 1-4, Fri 9-12