Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Prof Joy Porter
Website URL
Indigenous Environmental History, Political Ecology, Indigenous History, Culture & Politics of North America
Additional Contact Information
TeL PDRA: 001 1482 465460

Personal Info

About Me
Professor Porter is an interdisciplinary researcher and teacher of indigenous history in relation to war, modernity, culture, literature and the environment. From September 2019- September 2022 she is a Leverhulme Major Research Fellow working on a new book on the environmental record of President Nixon and the Republican Party.

She is Co-Principal Investigator of the University Cluster Treatied Spaces: Environment & Peoples in America, 1607-1890 and PI Host for British Academy Global Professor Gregory Smithers, 2020-2024. She is a UK REF 2021 Panel Member (History) and REF sub-panel Interdisciplinary Advisor. She also serves on the AHRC Strategic Review College, 2016-2020 and reviews for the Fulbright Commission, Leverhulme Trust, NERC, Finnish Research Council and Higher Education Academy.

Her latest book was Native American Environmentalism (Nebraska, 2014) and her next books are The ‘Iroquois’ Poet of the First World War (McGill, 2020) and Canada’s Green Challenge (McGill, 2021).

Her work has benefited from awards from the Fulbright Commission, British Academy, AHRC, Canadian Government and Leverhulme Trust. Recent keynotes include 2019 Eccles British Association of Canadian Studies; 2019 Alymer Lecture, University of York,. In Nov. 2019 she will deliver the keynote address “Decolonising Water” for Swiss Association for North American Studies and in March 2020 will deliver the Mayflower Lecture at the University of Plymouth, “A Place of “Wild and Savage Hue”: The Political Ecological Legacies of the Mayflower Sailing”.

She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and in 2018 was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship.

Teaching and Learning Professor Porter’s Teaching Awards include:
2018 National Teaching Fellow
2018 ‘Best Module’ Student-Led Teaching Nomination
2017 ‘Best Module’ Student-Led Teaching Award for ‘Into the Wild: American Environmentalism in Context
2014 Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.Professor Porter has an established record as a mentor for ECRs as an Ambassador for the Fulbright US/UK Commission, within the British Association for American Studies.She is on research leave from Sept. 2019-Sept. 2022.
Recent Publications

The Iroquois Poet of the First World War: Primitivism, Trauma and Modernity in the Life of Frank “Toronto” Prewett, 1893-1962, McGill University Press, forthcoming.

Canada’s Green Challenge, McGill University Press, contracted, McGill University Press, submission 2020.

What Would Nixon Do? The Forgotten Republican Roots of American Environmentalism, University of Nebraska Press, contracted 2021.

Native American Environmentalism, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2014

Native American Freemasonry:Associationalism & Performance in America, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2011

To Be Indian: The Life of Iroquois-Seneca Arthur Caswell Parker (Foreword by William N. Fenton), Norman: The University of Oklahoma Press, 2001 *Choice Book Award

co-ed. K. Roemer), The Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature, Cambridge University Press, July 2005 (UK) and August 2005 (US).

Media Coverage
“Native America: A New Narrative?”, History Today, Vol. 69, Issue 8, Aug. 2019, p.94-95. 2017 Blood and Land in History Today 2016 “Native America’s Post-War History in Ten Works of Art”, History Today
Country Focus
North America
Expertise by Geography
North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
American Founding Era, Colonialism, Diplomacy, Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples, Politics, Race, World War I