Joanne Barker

Lenni-Lenape (Delaware Tribe of Indians)


Associate Professor

American Indian Studies Department

College of Ethnic Studies

San Francisco State University

1600 Holloway Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94132


Office: Ethnic Studies and Psychology Building 106
Office/Voicemail: (415) 338-7062
FAX: (415)


Academic Year: 2010-2011


Will be a Visiting Scholar in the American Indian Studies Program of the Inter-American Cultures Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. In residence Spring Quarter.


Office Hours:


By appointment.







Native Acts: Law, Recognition, and Cultural Authenticity. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010.


Edited Books


Sovereignty Matters: Locations of Contestation and Possibility in Indigenous Struggles for Self-Determination. Contemporary Indigenous Issues Series. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005.


Articles and Essays


“The Politics of Native Historical Knowledge in Colonial Times: The Wallam Olum in Delaware Tribe Recognition Struggles.” Formations of U.S. Colonialism. Alyosha Goldstein and Julian Go, editors. Not yet contracted (forthcoming).


“Indigenous Feminisms.” Handbook on Indigenous People’s Politics. Donna Lee Van Cott, Jose Antonio Lucero, and Dale Turner, editors. New York: Oxford University Press (forthcoming).


 “The Recognition of NAGPRA.” Sovereignty Struggles and Native Rights in the United States: State and Federal Recognition. Amy E. Den Ouden and Jean M. O’Brien, editors. University of North Carolina Press (forthcoming).


"Looking for Warrior Woman (Beyond Pocahontas)." this bridge we call home: radical visions for transformation. AnaLouise Keating and Gloria Anzaldúa, eds. (New York: Routledge Press, 2002), 314-25. Reprinted in, though originally written for, Beyond the Frame. Neferti Tadiar and Angela Davis, eds. (New York: Palgrave Press, 2005).


"Indian™ U.S.A." Wicazō Śa Review: A Native American Studies Journal 18(1) 2003, 24-79.


"The Human Genome Diversity Project: 'Peoples', 'Populations', and the Cultural Politics of Identification." Cultural Studies 18(4) 2004, 578-613.


"Recognition." Special joint issue of Indigenous Nations Journal and American Studies 46(3/4) Fall 2005/Spring 2006, 117-145.


"Gender, Sovereignty, and the Discourse of Rights in Native Women's Activism." Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism 7(1) 2006, 127-161. As "Gender, Sovereignty, Rights: Native Women’s Activism Against Social Inequality and Violence in Canada.” American Quarterly 60(2) 2008, 259-66.




And Teresia Teaiwa. "Native InFormation." Special Issue on Women of Color in Collaboration and Conflict edited by Maria Ochoa and Teresia Teaiwa. Inscriptions 7 (Fall 1994), 16-41.


And Clayton Dumont, "Contested Conversations: Presentations, Expectations, and Responsibility at the National Museum of the American Indian." American Indian Culture and Research Journal 30(2) 2006, 111-39.





Biographical Statement


Joanne Barker is a citizen of the Delaware Tribe of Indians (the Lenni Lenape). She earned her Ph.D. in June 2000 from the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she specialized in Native law and politics, women's/gender studies, and cultural studies. She is associate professor in the American Indian Studies Department at San Francisco State University. She has been the recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship and the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. She edited and wrote the introduction to Sovereignty Matters: Locations of Contestation and Possibility in Indigenous Struggles for Self-Determination (University of Nebraska Press, 2005). Her book, Native Acts: Law, Recognition, and Cultural Authenticity, is being published by Duke University Press in 2010/2011. She is active in NAGPRA issues at SFSU and nationally.




If you are looking for information about NAGPRA or upcoming community meetings, go to the department website and click on the link to NAGPRA.


Updated: June 2010