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Cari Carpenter, Ph.D.

Program Committee, Lecturer

Professor of English
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Carpenter specializes in early Native American women writers and connections between sovereignty, nationalism, and gender. An English professor, Carpenter teaches Literature of Native America, Native American Women Writers, and Multiethnic Literature. Carpenter engaged students in an educational travel experience as part of her Special Topics course on Carlisle Indian School Legacies and in her Women's Literature class (an Amizade Global Service Learning course, which she taught in Cochabamba, Bolivia). She published Seeing Red: Anger, Sentimentality, and American Indians in 2008 (The Ohio State University Press) and The Newspaper Warrior: Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins’s Campaign for American Indian Rights, 1864-1891 (co-edited with Carolyn Sorisio), published in 2015 by the University of Nebraska Press. Carpenter was awarded the Susan Koppleman Award for the Best Anthology, Multi-Authored, or Edited Book in Feminist Studies in Popular and American Culture by the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. Carpenter’s fourth book is titled, Selected Writings of Ora Eddleman Reed: Author, Editor, and Activist for Cherokee Rights, published by the University of Nebraska press. In April 2021 Carpenter was named a Benedum Distinguished Scholar in recognition of her exemplary contributions to the field of American Indian Studies and women’s literature of the 19th century United States.