Kimberly G. Wieser

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Baylor University, 2002


Dr.. Kimberly Wieser is an Associate Professor of English and an affiliated faculty member with Native American Studies and Environmental Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She also serves as President of the Board of Returning the Gift, Inc. Under her previous name, Kimberly Roppolo, she was one of the co-authors of Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective (Oklahoma, 2008), named one of the most important books in her field in the first decade of the twenty-first century by NAISA. Her book Back to the Blanket: Recovered Rhetorics and American Indian Studies, based on her manuscript that won the Native Writers Circle of the Americas First Books Award for Prose 2004, will be available from the University of Oklahoma Press in November 2017.

Her volume of poetry, Texas . . . to Get Horses, will be available from That Painted Horse Press in December 2017.

She has written and published poems, stories, plays, articles, book reviews, and reference entries for anthologies and for publications such as Studies in American Indian Literatures; American Indian Quarterly; Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence; Kuikatl—A XicanIndio Literary & Arts Journal; Black Magnolias: A Literary Journal; Sentence; Yellow Medicine Review; Rabbit and Rose; River, Blood, Corn; Indian Country Noir; The People Who Stayed Behind: Southeastern Indian Writing After the Removal; Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies; and This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation, among others.

Office: Cate 2, Room 328

 Research and Teaching Interests: 

American Indian and Indigenous literature, rhetoric, theory, and gender studies; American Indian creative writing


Back to the Blanket: Recovered Rhetorics and American Indian Studies (University of Oklahoma Press, 2017)

Texas . . . to Get Horses (That Painted Horse Press, 2017)

Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008)

“Healing the ‘Man of Monstrous Dreams’: Indian Masculinities in Ceremony.” Leslie Marmon Silko: Ceremony, Almanac of the Dead, Gardens of the Dunes. Studies in Contemporary North American Fiction Series. Ed. David Moore. (Bloomsbury Academic Pres, 2016))

“‘Who is Cherokee?’: Federal Recognition, Culture, and Rhetorical Sovereignty.” Forthcoming in Southeastern Indian Literature. Ed. Marcia Haag. (University of Nebraska Press, 2016)

“Symbolic Racism, History, and Reality: The Real Problem with Indian Mascots.” In Readings for Diversity and Social Justice (Routledge, 2010); an earlier version is published in Genocide of the Mind: An Anthology of Urban Indians (Thunder's Mouth/Nation Books, 2003)

“Getting Ourselves Back to the Garden: Death, Life, and Rebirth in Silko’s Gardens in the Dunes.” In Reading Leslie Marmon Silko: Critical Perspectives through Gardens in the Dunes (Pisa University Press, 2007; University of Nebraska Press, 2008)

“Washita, a Slaughter, not a Battle: A Cheyenne Survivor’s Perspective.” Translated with Eugene Blackbear, Sr. In  Eating Fire, Tasting Blood: Breaking the Great Silence of the American Indian Holocaust (Thunder's Mouth/Nation Books, 2006)