Daniel Heath Justice


Daniel Heath Justice (Cherokee Nation/ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ) is Professor of First Nations and Indigenous Studies and English at the University of British Columbia, where he also holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture. He is the author of Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokee Literary History (2006), Why Indigenous Literatures Matter (2018), and numerous essays in the field of Indigenous literary studies, as well as co-editor of a number of award-winning critical and creative anthologies and journals, including The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature (with James H. Cox) Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature (with Qwo-Li Driskill, Deborah Miranda, and Lisa Tatonetti), and the Indigenous Conversations on Biography special issue of Biography (2017). A creative as well as scholarly writer, he is also author of the Indigenous epic fantasy, The Way of Thorn and Thunder, numerous short wonderworks, and the animal cultural histories Badger and the forthcoming Raccoon in the Animal series from Reaktion Books (UK). His current projects include This Hummingbird Heart (a collection of critical and essays on Indigenous writing, wonder, and desire), an anthology on Indigenous responses to settler land privatization policies (co-edited with Jean M. O’Brien), and a new Indigenous steampunk trilogy.