Brian K. Hudson | 505.312.3123 | email@example.com
525 Buena Vista Dr. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Dissertation: First Beings: Relationships with Nonhuman Animals in Native American Literatures
My dissertation examines the relationships between humans and other animals in Native American literary texts and expands common understandings of indigeneity. I claim that we share indigeneity with animals and formulate an Indigenous model for understanding human interactions with other animals. To do this, I analyze selected Native texts that range from the earliest Indian evocations—creation narratives—to contemporary prose in the newly-treated genre of Indigenous science fiction. Through readings of exemplary Native texts such as John Milton Oskison’s Brothers Three (1935) and D’Arcy McNickle’s The Surrounded (1936), I argue that American colonialism has and continues to adversely affect relationships between humans and animals. I further apply this broader conceptualization of indigeneity to Native political philosophy to examine the implications of recognizing the sovereignty of other species.
M.A., University of Oklahoma: Literary and Cultural Studies
B.A., Northeastern State University: English
A.A., Tulsa Community College: Liberal Arts
Regular Full-Time Instructor of English 2016-Present Central New Mexico Community College
I teach College Writing, Analytic Writing, Digital Storytelling, and Intro to Native Studies at CNM, which, in 2015, was the largest associate degree-granting institution in the US for Native American students. I’ve developed an online version of my College Writing course that utilizes creative nonfiction pedagogy and is focused thematically on digital humanities. Secondly, my Analytic Writing course introduces students to various types of texts about the future, including literary texts (short story, short film, and machinima) in the genres of Indigenous futurism, Afrofuturism, and Chicanafuturism. Finally, my digital storytelling courses hope help students achieve a foundation within the newly-treated genre so they can produce linear and interactive digital stories.
John E. Sawyer Alternative Futurisms Postdoctoral Fellow 2015-2016 University of California at Riverside
Alternative Futurisms was a year-long John E. Sawyer seminar, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which brought together scholars, writers, and artists to work on the intersections between ethnic identities and futuristic speculation. The main purpose of Alternative Futurisms was to create a dialogue about diverse ethnic futures and to explore the power of speculative fiction as a tool for social change. I served as co-organizer, moderator, and participant in the series of panels and events. The seminar is chronicled on sawyer.ucr.edu, a website about the year-long series, which I created and maintained.
“Sawyer Seminar on Alternative Futurisms at UC Riverside.” Science Fiction Studies, vol. 43, no. 1, 2016, pp. 181-82.
“Domesticated Species in D’Arcy McNickle’s The Surrounded and John M. Oskison’s Brothers Three.” Studies in American Indian Literatures, vol. 28, no. 2, 2016, pp. 80-108.
“A Seat at the Table: Political Representation for Animals.” The Routledge Companion to Native American Literature. Routledge, 2015, pp. 229-237.
Foreword. From the Extinct Volcano, A Bird of Paradise, by Carter Revard. Mongrel Empire Press, 2014, pp. i-ii. “First Beings in American Indian Literatures.” Animal Studies: Special Issue, Studies in American Indian Literatures, vol. 25, no. 4, 2013, pp. 3-10.
“Visible Rhythm and Yeatsian Noh: Japanese Buddhist Poetics in ‘At the Hawk’s Well’.” Siar: The Journal of the Western Institute of Irish Studies, vol. 3, no.1, 2009, pp. 37-49.
Editor. From the Extinct Volcano, A Bird of Paradise by Carter Revard. Mongrel Empire Press, 2014.
Co-editor. Animal Studies: Special Issue of Studies in American Indian Literatures, vol. 25, no. 4, 2013.
Review of Art as Performance, Story as Criticism: Reflections on Native Literary Aesthetics, by
Craig Womack. Crosstimbers: A Multicultural, Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 10, no.2, 2010, pp. 26-27.
“Are You Ready for Some Roller Derby?” Native Realities Press. Forthcoming.
“Land Run on Sooner City.” mitewacimowina: Indigenous Science Fiction & Speculative Storytelling. Theytus Books, 2017, pp. 233-253.
“Digital Medicine.” People of Color Destroy Science Fiction: Special Issue of Lightspeed, 2016, pp. 43-59.
“I’m Not That Indian.” Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, Thought. McNaughton & Gunn, 2013, p. 15.
Areas of Research and Teaching Interests
Cherokee literature, language, culture, and code
Native American literatures and theory
Digital Humanities, Literacy, and Storytelling
“Comics and Games in the University.” Round Table. 2nd Annual Indigenous Comic Con, Nov. 2017, Albuquerque.
“If Sequoyah Was a Cyberpunk.” 2nd Annual Symposium on the Future Imaginary, Aug. 2016, Kelowna, BC.
“Nonhuman Sovereignty and Cherokee Politics.” Biopolitics – Geopolitics – Sovereignty – Life: Settler Colonialisms and Indigenous Presences in North America, June 2015, Mainz, Germany.
Other Conference Presentations
Participant. “Switching to the English 1101/1102 OER–Guidance, Tips, and Challenges.” Faculty Focus Day, Aug. 2018, Albuquerque.
“Clickable Heuristics: How to Make Interactive Images for Course Content.” Faculty Focus Day, Aug. 2018, Albuquerque.
Participant. “Panel on Indigenous Cyberpunk with Misha and Brian K. Hudson.” Sawyer Seminar Series on Alternative Futurisms, June 2016, Riverside, CA.
“Digital Medicine.” The Red Earth MFA Red Dirt Offsite Reading, Apr. 2016, Los Angeles.
Moderator. “Panel Discussion on Editing Science Fiction and Fantasy.” Sawyer Seminar Series on Alternative Futurisms, Jan. 2016, Riverside, CA.
Participant. “Panel Discussion on Indigenous Science and SF.” Revising the Past, Remaking the Future, Oct. 2015, Riverside, CA.
Moderator. “Panel Discussion on Settler Colonial Theory and Speculative Fiction.” Sawyer Seminar Series on Alternative Futurisms, Oct. 2015, Riverside, CA.
“A Theory of First Beings.” Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, May 2014, Austin.
“First Beings as Domesticated Species.” Native American Literature Symposium, Mar. 2014, Minneapolis.
“The Future of First Beings.” Southwest/Texas Popular Culture & American Culture Association, Feb. 2013, Albuquerque.
“Are You Ready for Some Roller Derby?” Student Association of Graduate English Studies, Jan. 2013, Norman, OK. “Osage Posthumanism and Daniel H. Wilson’s Robopocalypse.” Modern Language Association, Jan. 2013, Boston. “Interspecies Activism in William Sanders’s ‘At Ten Wolf Lake’.” Native American Literature Symposium, Mar. 2012, Albuquerque.
“Land Run on Sooner City.” Southwest/Texas Popular Culture & American Culture Association, Feb. 2012, Albuquerque.
“Land Run on Sooner City.” Ninth Native American Symposium and Film Festival, Nov. 2011, Durant.
“Teaching the Savages to Write or Reasoning Together (And with Our Students): A Polemic.” Student Association of Graduate English Studies, Oct. 2011, Norman.
“Utopian Identity in the Speculative Fiction of William Sanders.” Joint Conference of the National Popular Culture & American Culture Association and the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture & American Culture Association, Apr. 2011, San Antonio.
“Linda Hogan and the Study of First Beings.” Native American Literature Symposium, Mar. 2011, Albuquerque.
“Companion Species in Momaday’s The Ancient Child.” Native American Literature Symposium,Mar. 2010, Albuquerque.
“The Question of the Animal in Relation to Shaw’s ‘Heartbreak House’.” International Shaw Society, Oct. 2009, Washington, D.C.
“Dogland and Dickens’s ‘Two Dog-Shows’.” Animals and Society, July 2009, NSW, Australia.
“Animal Empathy in Gladys Cardiff’s ‘Last Days at Petland on Aurora Avenue’.” Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, May 2009, Minneapolis.
“Squeamishness in Twain’s A Dog’s Tale.” Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, Mar. 2009, Milwaukee.
“Emptiness and Yeatsian Noh: Japanese Buddhist Poetics in ‘At the Hawk’s Well’.” American Conference for Irish Studies West, Oct. 2008, Albuquerque.
“An Irish View of American Mythic Tradition: Campbell, Kearny, and Doyle.” Southwest/Texas Popular Culture & American Culture Association, Feb. 2007, Albuquerque.
Teaching Experience — Central New Mexico Community College
Digital Storytelling Creation I 2017-present
This course provides students with a thorough understanding of the elements of linear digital storytelling and provides mentorship and hands-on experience as they create their own linear digital stories. Digital stories are narratives that combine elements such as text, audio, photography, film, and graphics. Students analyze the narrative techniques of several linear digital stories before drafting scripts and composing their own stories. Students move through the creative process with instructor and peer feedback at every stage, culminating in a screening of their final products in a celebratory college event at the end of the semester.
College Writing 2016-present
In this first-year writing course, students use creative nonfiction and rhetorical techniques to interrogate their relationships to digital technologies. They further evaluate specific issues that have arisen with the proliferation of digital technology and explore communities in which digital technology is an important component. This theme allows students to connect several types of essays—personal, argumentative, and research—through a meaningful and timely topic.
Analytic Writing 2016-present
In this first-year writing course, students analyze several types of texts, including commercials, songs, political speeches, and works of fiction. Students engage in argumentation by focusing on how these texts make claims about the future. They use a rhetorically-informed approach to interpret the genres of Indigenous futurism, Afrofuturism, and Chicanafuturism through film and literature. My students in the fall 2016 semester had the opportunity to do a live interview with a Mohawk director of machinima (animation created using video-game environments).
Teaching Experience — University of Oklahoma
Principles of English Composition II 2008-2015
In this first-year writing course, students composed essays based on Toulmin argumentation with themes concerning, among others, “hyphenated-identity” (identity constructed from discursive sources: ethnic, pop-cultural, etc.) and “unconventional-isms” (less apparent forms of discrimination such as speciesism, ableism, etc.).
Principles of English Composition I 2007-2015
In this first-year writing course, students composed essays in four genres informed by rhetoric and discourse theories. We started with literacy narratives based on students’ experiences with language. We moved to analyses of “discourse communities” chosen by the students. Students then constructed thesis-driven essays from readings in the field of composition and rhetoric. Lastly, they constructed visual persuasive arguments (memes) and analyzed their effectiveness through social media.
Animal Studies: Our Complex Relationships with Other Animals 2013
In this lecture series for the Lifelong Learning Institute, we explored animal studies. The field of animal studies is broadly defined as an inquiry into how humans maintain our many complex relationships with other animals. The lectures surveyed nonhuman animals in philosophy, poststructuralist theory, and Native American theory.
Futuristic Indians 2012
In this 3000-level cultural studies course, we surveyed new works of science fiction written by Native American writers, along with relevant artwork and short films. We discussed how Indigenous science fiction uses generic conventions of science fiction to explore Native issues and concerns.
Teaching Experience — University of Oklahoma, cont.
Race and Roller Derby 2012
In this 3000-level cultural studies course, we explored the phenomenon of roller derby through the lens of critical race theory. We engaged derby narratives in the form of memoirs, movies, documentaries, comics, young adult fiction, and a personal interview with a player using questions written by students.
Roller Derby! 2011 (two sections)
In this 3000-level cultural studies course, we explored the cultural phenomenon of roller derby through the lens of feminist sports studies. We engaged derby narratives in the form of memoirs, movies, documentaries, comics, young adult fiction, and a personal interview with a player using questions written by students.
Disney Dogs and Popular Pets 2010-2011
In this 3000-level cultural studies course, we explored how animals, more specifically dogs, have been portrayed in popular culture through short stories and films. We discussed recent theories on the representation of nonhuman animals and how they relate to activism and advocacy.
Human Animal Studies: Trans-Specific Theory and Practice 2008
In this 2000-level cultural studies course, we looked at how the categories of animal and human are constructed and the social and ethical implications of those constructions. We discussed how both cutting-edge philosophy and new scientific studies have blurred the line between what animals and humans are perceived to be.
Teaching Experience — Northeastern State University
Freshman Composition II 2007
In this first-year writing course, students moved through the process of researching a topic, assessing sources, and synthesizing information into a thesis-driven research paper.
NSUBA Writing Center 2006-2007
We provided tutoring assistance to an interdisciplinary group of students. I helped launch the writing center at the Broken Arrow campus. I created and taught MLA workshops, created a sign-in database, designed and launched the website, documented and implemented procedures, and promoted the center.
Types of Literature (T.A.) 2006
In this 3000-level literature class, students studied several forms of literature and various means of analysis. I assisted Dr. John Mercer with instruction. I prepared and taught lessons, graded essays, gave feedback on student drafts, administered study sessions, and gave one-on-one student writing assistance.
Other Teaching Experience
A+ Tutoring 2007
In this public G.E.D. course, I helped students study material and learn test-taking strategies to complete their high-school equivalency diplomas.
Guest teacher at Native American Community Academy, Albuquerque. 2018.
Guest teacher at Zuni High School, Zuni Pueblo. 2017.
Chair. Digital Pedagogy Committee. CNM. 2018-present.
Reviewer. Native Realities Press. 2018-present.
Reviewer. American Indian Quarterly. 2017-present.
Member. Native American Task Team. 2017-present.
Member. Cooperative for Teaching and Learning Coordinating Committee. CNM. 2017-present.
Chair. Cosplay Day Committee. CNM. 2017-present.
Editorial board. Mongrel Empire Press. 2013-present.
Reviewer. Transmotion. 2014-present.
Reviewer. American Indian Culture and Research. 2011-present.
Reviewer. Journal for Critical Animal Studies. 2009-2015.
Co-chair. Native American/Indigenous Studies area of Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association. 2011-2013.
President. Student Association of Graduate English Studies (SAGES) 2009-2015.
Awards and Scholarships
John E. Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellowship – 2015 ($42,000)
University of Oklahoma Dissertation Fellowship – 2014 ($18,700)
American Indian Graduate Center Scholarship – 2009-2013 ($15,000)
Cherokee Nation Graduate School Scholarship – 2007-2011 ($10,000)
Sequoyah National Research Center Research Fellowship – 2012 ($1,500)
University of Oklahoma Robberson Travel Grant (twice)
University of Oklahoma Second Century Scholarship
University of Oklahoma Puterbaugh Student Fellowship
Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures Emerging Scholars Fellowship
International Shaw Society Travel Grant
Northeastern State University Sigma Tau Delta award
Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. 2012-present.
Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures. 2011-present.
University of Oklahoma Student Association of Graduate English Studies. 2007-2015.
Proficient in Cherokee and Latin.
My commitment to open pedagogy is supported by my expertise in several computer software applications and programming languages, including extensive experience in website construction, database administration, and Linux scripting.
Former Professor of English
University of Oklahoma
1810 Westbrooke Terrace
Norman, OK 73019
Phone: (405) 329-7729
Former David Ross Boyd Professor of English
316 Cate Center Dr.
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK 73019
Phone: (405) 326-2018
Former George Lynn Cross Research Professor
and Paul and Carol Daube Sutton Chair in English
University of Oklahoma
4312 Northridge Road
Norman, OK 73072
Phone: (405) 447-9827
Director of Film & Media Studies
640 Parrington Oval
Film & Media Studies, SCI 300
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK 73019
Phone: (405) 325-3020