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Kelly Wisecup

Associate Professor of English; Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of English

Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park


Kelly Wisecup (Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park) specializes in Native American literatures, early American literatures, and science and literature in the Atlantic world. 

She is the author of two books, Medical Encounters: Knowledge and Identity in Early American Literatures (University of Massachusetts Press, 2013) and of “Good News from New England” by Edward Winslow: A Scholarly Edition (University of Massachusetts Press, 2014).  Recent articles include a co-edited, field-shaping forum (with Alyssa Mt. Pleasant and Caroline Wigginton) on “Materials and Methods in Native American and Indigenous Studies,” published in the William and Mary Quarterly and Early American Studies, as well as articles in American Literary History, Early American Literature, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Journal, and Early American Studies.  In 2015-2016, she was an Andrew W. Mellon/Lloyd Lewis Fellow at the Newberry Library, and she has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Antiquarian Society, the American Philosophical Society, and the John Carter Brown Library. 

She is currently completing “Assembled Relations: Compilation, Collection, and Native American Writing,” on Native American literary interventions into colonial sciences of collecting.  By examining Native compilations, non-narrative genres like lists, catalogs, and scrapbooks, the book charts an untold story about archives, science, and colonialism that shaped uses for and conceptions of Native American literature from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to the present.  With Lisa Brooks, Wisecup is editing a volume for Library of America, Plymouth Colony: From the Mayflower to King Philip’s War, slated for publication in 2020.

Wisecup is directing multiple collaborative, grant-funded projects.  With faculty and graduate students from the Humanities Without Walls consortium, she participating in a three-year, collaborative project on “Indigenous Art and Activism in Changing Climates: The Mississippi River Valley, Colonialism, and Environmental Change.”  The scholars will examine the shifting environmental, political, economic, and racial climates that define the Mississippi River’s course, meanings, and relation to Native peoples.  With support from a National Endowment for the Humanities Common Heritage Grant, she is collaborating with the American Indian Center of Chicago to build the AIC Community Archives.  The online collection features photographs by and of members of Chicago’s American Indian community, creating an archive of Native Chicago stories.  And with support from a WCAS Award, she is at work on “Archive Chicago,” an ongoing collaboration with Northwestern University undergraduate students and project advisors from Chicago’s Native American community to remap Chicago’s colonial geographic, artistic, and historical landscape. 

She is affiliate faculty and co-director in 2018-2019 at Northwestern’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research and is affiliated with American Studies and Science in Human Culture.


Early Modern, Science & Literature, 18th Century, American: Early/19th Century, Critical Race & Ethnicity Studies


“Good News from New England” by Edward Winslow: A Scholarly Edition
“Good News from New England” by Edward Winslow: A Scholarly Edition (editor, University of Massachusetts Press, 2014)

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