Kimberly G. Wieser

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Baylor University, 2002


Prof. Kimberly Wieser is an Assistant Professor of English and an affiliated faculty member with Native American Studies and Environmental Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She is the director of the Native Writers Circle of the Americas and serves as president of the Board of Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. 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, is under contract with the University of Oklahoma Press, with publication expected Spring 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, News from Indian Country, and Talking Stick Arts Newsletter.

Office: Cate 2, Room 328

 Research and Teaching Interests:
American Indian critical theories, literatures, and rhetorics; gender studies


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

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

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

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

“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)