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Laura M. Furlan

Associate Professor and Director of American Studies

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W443 South College

Professor Furlan holds a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, an M.A. in English from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her teaching and research interests include American Indian literary and cultural studies, American Studies, autobiography, and creative nonfiction. Her work has been published in Crossing Lines: Race and Mixed Race across the Geohistorical Divide (AltaMira, 2005), Studies in American Indian Literatures, Intertexts, Yellow Medicine Review, Sentence, and Sovereign Erotics (Arizona, 2011), and she co-edited a Special Forum for the Journal of Transnational American Studies (2012) on transnational Native American StudiesHer book, Indigenous Cities: Urban Indian Fiction and the Histories of Relocation, is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press in fall 2017.

Research Areas

  • 20th Century and Contemporary Literature
  • American, Atlantic, & Hemispheric Studies
  • American Literature
  • Colonial, Postcolonial, & Transnational Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies
  • Native and Indigenous Studies
  • Nonfiction Writing