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Professor Joy Porter

Biography Professor Porter is Principal Investigator of the Treatied Spaces Research Group ( and an interdisciplinary researcher of Indigenous history in relation to the environment. Her current role is research-led. 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 PI of the 3-year AHRC Standard Research Grant, "Brightening the Covenant Chain: Revealing Cultures of Diplomacy between the Crown and the Iroquois Confederacy" (931.032k, 2021-2024)".

She is PI Host for British Academy Global Professor Gregory Smithers, 2020-2024, working on "Native Ecologies: Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Climate Change". See the project digital output produced with the University of Sheffield here: and here: Professor Porter also convenes the “Living With/Out Water” cluster within the Leverhulme Doctoral Centre for Water Cultures.

Professor Porter is a UK REF 2021-2022 Panel Member (History) and REF sub-panel Interdisciplinary Advisor. She serves on the AHRC Strategic Review College, 2016-2024, reviews and interviews for the Fulbright Commission, and reviews for the Leverhulme Trust, NERC, Finnish Research Council and Higher Education Academy. She is External Examiner for BA History, University of Bristol, 2021-2024.

Her books include:
1. Canada's Green Challenge (Queen's-McGill University Press, forthcoming 2023).
2. Trauma, Primitivism and the First World War: The Making of Frank Prewett (Bloomsbury Press), 6 May 2021.
3. Native American Environmentalism (University of Nebraska Press, 2014, pbk 2018),
4. Native American Indian Freemasonry: Associationalism & Performance in America, (University of Nebraska Press, 2011, pbk 2019)
5. To Be Indian: The Life of Seneca-Iroquois Arthur Caswell Parker, University of Oklahoma Press, 2001).

Professor Porter received the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers
Writer of the Year Award for The Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature, Cambridge University Press in 2006 and the American Library Association’s Choice Magazine's Outstanding Academic Title Award for To Be Indian: The Life of Iroquois-Seneca Arthur Caswell Parker, Foreword W. N. Fenton, The University of Oklahoma Press in 2002.

Professor Porter collaborates with Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes), California State University and Dr Clint Carroll (Cherokee),University of Colorado to make up the Lead Editorial team of the Cambridge University Press book series, Elements in Indigenous Environmental Research. To contribute to this series see here:

Professor Porter's work has benefited from awards from the Fulbright Commission (All-Disciplines Scholar Award, Dartmouth, 2016), British Academy, AHRC, Canadian Government and Leverhulme Trust.

She will deliver the Plenary address at the Irish Association for American Studies Annual Conference on 29 April 2022 hosted by Dublin City University ( and a UCL Institute for Global Prosperity Director's Seminar entitled "Indigenous Environmental History and the Future of Prosperity" on 10 March 2022 ( Other recent keynotes include the 2021 Mayflower Lecture “Indigenous Food Sovereignty: The Political Ecological Legacies of the Mayflower Sailing", University of Plymouth; 2019 Swiss Association for North American Studies Keynote, "Decolonising Water"; 2019 Eccles British Association of Canadian Studies BACS Keynote "Who Fights for Canada as the Climate Changes?"; and 2019 Alymer Lecture, University of York.

Professor Porter gained her PhD (1994) and MA (1992) from the University of Nottingham . She was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship Award by AdvanceHE in 2018 is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She supervises a range of doctoral candidates working on Indigenous Environmental History; US & Canadian Environmental Studies; Heritage Decolonisation & Indigenous Data Curation.

Professor Porter also undertakes a range of KE work on decolonisation, working with business schools, textbook publishers and exam boards. She is open to extending these KE activities.

Professor Porter is a regular contributor to a range of media including BBC News, BBC Radio, the TLS, History Today and The Conversation. For more, please see
Research Interests Resource Politics and Indigenous Environmental History, Cultures & Literatures; the American Presidency & the Environment; Modernity & War; US & Canadian Environmental Studies; Digital Humanities, Indigenous Data Curation.
Teaching and Learning Professor Porter is Lead Academic Supervisor for two Collaborative Doctoral Awards, one in collaboration with English Heritage, the other in collaboration with the British Library. She also convenes the Living With/Out Water Strand within the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships Centre for Water Cultures and supervises one of its doctoral candidates.

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. She is an Ambassador (Interviewer and Reviewer) for the Fulbright US/UK Commission, and a member of the British Association for American Studies.

She is on research leave from Sept. 2019-Sept. 2024.
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