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Robert Warrior

Professor, Director of American Indian Studies, English, and History

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    American Indian Studies
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Robert Warrior is Director of American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is Professor of American Indian Studies, English, and History. An enrolled member of the Osage Nation, he is the author of The People and the Word: Reading Native Nonfiction, American Indian Literary Nationalism (with Craig Womack and Jace Weaver), Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee (with Paul Chaat Smith) and Tribal Secrets: Recovering American Indian Intellectual Traditions. He is also a member of the Native Critics Collective, which published Reasoning Together, a collection of essays focused on Native literary criticism.

Members of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association selected both The People and the Word and Reasoning Together for its list of the ten most influential books in Native and Indigenous studies in the first decade of the twenty-first century. He and the coauthors of American Indian Literary Nationalism were the inaugural recipients of the Beatrice Medicine Award for Scholarly Writing from the Native American Literature Symposium, and Warriorhas also received awards from the Gustavus Myers Foundation, the NativeAmerican Journalists Association, the Church Press Association, and others.

Professor Warrior advises students and teaches courses across many disciplines and specialties, including intellectual history, American literature, social movements, history, theory, and comparative indigeneity. Previous to coming to Illinois, he taught at the University of Oklahoma, where he was Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professor, Cornell University, and Stanford University. In 2009-10, he served as the founding President of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.

Professor Warrior holds degrees from Union Theological Seminary (Ph.D., Systematic Theology), Yale University (M.A., Religion), and Pepperdine University (B.A.summa cum laude, Speech Communication). His academic and journalistic writing has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including American Quarterly, Genre, World Literature Today, News from Indian Country, Lakota Times, Village Voice, UTNE Reader, Guardian, and High Times. Professor Warrior has lectured in a wide variety of places, including Guatemala, Mexico, France, Malaysia, Yale University, Harvard University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Chicago, the University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Miami.



  • Warrior, Robert, Jace Weaver, and Craig Womack. American Indian Literary Nationalism. . Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2006.
  • The People and the Word: Reading Native Nonfiction. . Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005.
  • Warrior, Robert, and Paul C. Smith. Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee. . New York: New Press, 1996.
  • Tribal Secrets: Recovering American Indian Intellectual Traditions. . Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1995.

Book Contributions

  • "Literature and Students in the Emergence of Native American Studies." Studying Native America: Problems and Prospects. . Ed. Russell Thornton. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1999. 111-129.

Edited Books

  • Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective, Written in collaboration with nine other scholars. . Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008.

Journal Articles

  • "Practicing Native American and Indigenous Studies: 2010 NAISA Presidential Address." NAIS: Journal of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association 1.1 (2014): 3-24.
  • "The Subaltern Can Dance, and So, Sometimes, Can the Intellectual." interventions 13.1 (2011): 85-94.
  • "Native American Scholarship and the Transnational Turn." Cultural Studies Review 15.2 (2009): 119-130.
  • "Organizing Native American and Indigenous Studies." PMLA 123.5 (2008): 1683-1691.
  • "A Room of One’s Own at the American Studies Association: An Indigenous Provocation." American Quarterly 55.4 (2004): 681-687.
  • "Packing and Unpacking the Man Made of Words." Genre 23.3/4 (2000): 257-268.
  • "The Native American Scholar: Toward a New Intellectual Agenda." Wicazo Sa Review 14.2 (1999): 46-54.