Birgit Brander Rasmussen
Birgit Brander Rasmussen is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Race and Migration. She received her Ph.D. from UC-Berkeley’s Ethnic Studies Department. Her work focuses on race, writing, colonialism, and American Literature. She recently completed a book manuscript entitled Queequeg’s Coffin: Indigenous Literacies and the Making of Early American Literature (Duke University Press, 2011). Her work has appeared in anthologies and in American Literature, PMLA, Early American Literature, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial, Mississippi Quarterly, and Journal of American Studies. Her article, “Negotiating Treaties, Negotiating Literacies: A French-Iroquois Encounter and the Making of Early American Literature,” won the 2007 Norman Foerster Prize for best essay published in American Literature. She is co-editor of The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness (Duke, 2001). Her courses include AmStud 274/ER&M 260: “American Captivity Narratives,” AmStud 277/ER&M 284: “Introduction to Chicano/a and Latina/o Literature,” AmStud 262/ER&M 232: Comparative Ethnic Studies: Theories, Methods, and Practices,” and AmStud 315/ER&M 312: “Colonial Visions/Contemporary Revisions.” She will also be developing courses on Comparative Ethnic Literatures and Race in American Literature.