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Treatied Spaces Research Group
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Indigenous & Environmental History, First World War, Trauma, Modernity & Intellectual History, Culture & Environmental Politics of North America
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About Me
Professor Porter (PI, is an interdisciplinary researcher  of indigenous historical themes in relation to war, modernity,  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 also completing  “Canada’s Green Challenge” for Queens-McGill Univeristy Press.

She is Co-Principal Investigator of the  Treatied Spaces Research Group. She is PI for the AHRC Standard Research Grant “Brightening the Covenant Chain” (2021-2024) and PI Host for British Academy Global Professor Gregory Smithers, 2020-2024. She is also  Lead Editor, alongside Dina Gilio-Whitaker and Clint Carroll, of the Cambridge University Press Series, Elements in Indigenous Environmental Research, about which she welcomes enquiries.

She is a UK REF 2021 Panel Member (History) and REF sub-panel Interdisciplinary Advisor. She also serves on the AHRC Strategic Review College, 2016-2024, interviews candidates  for the Fulbright Commission, and reviews for Leverhulme Trust, NERC, Finnish Research Council and Higher Education Academy. She was a Fulbright All-Disciplines Scholar at Dartmouth, 2015-16.

Her most recent book is Trauma, Primitivism and the First World War: The Making of Frank Prewett ( Bloomsbury Press, 6 May, 2021). Previous monographs include Native American Environmentalism (Nebraska, 2014), Native American Freemasonry (Nebraska, 2011) and To Be Indian: The Life Seneca-Iroquois Arthur Caswell Parker (Oklahoma, 2001). Her next books are Canada’s Green Challenge (McGill, 2022) and What Would Nixon Do? The Forgotten Republican Roots of American Environmentalism (Nebraska, 2023).

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,. She delivered the 2019 keynote address “Decolonising Water” for Swiss Association for North American Studies and in 2021 delivered a Mayflower Lecture with Tabitha Martens (Cree, University of British Columbia) for  the University of Plymouth, “Indigenous Foodways & Food Sovereignty in North America”.

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

Trauma, Primitivism and the Making of Frank Prewett, London: Bloomsbury Press, 6 May, 2021.

Canada’s Green Challenge, McGill University Press, contracted, McGill University Press, submission 2021.

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
See “Native America: A New Narrative?”, History Today, Vol. 69, Issue 8, Aug. 2019, p.9 2017 Blood and
Country Focus
North America
Expertise by Geography
England, Ireland, North America, United Kingdom, United States
Expertise by Chronology
4, 5, 7, 8, 9
Expertise by Topic
American Founding Era, American Presidents, Colonialism, Diplomacy, Environment, Food History, Government, Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples, Libraries & Archives, Literary History, Military, Museums, Politics, Race, Rural & Agrarian History, Sexuality, Slavery, Women, World War I