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Professor Joy Porter

Biography Professor Porter is an interdisciplinary researcher and teacher of indigenous history in relation to war, modernity, culture, 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 Co-Principal Investigator of the University Cluster Treatied Spaces: Environment & Peoples in America, 1607-1890 and PI Host for British Academy Global Professor Gregory Smithers, 2020-2024. She is a UK REF 2021 Panel Member (History) and REF sub-panel Interdisciplinary Advisor. She also serves on the AHRC Strategic Review College, 2016-2020 and reviews for the Fulbright Commission, Leverhulme Trust, NERC, Finnish Research Council and Higher Education Academy.

Her next books are Primitivism, Trauma and the First World War (2020) and Canada's Green Challenge (McGill, 2021). Her latest book was Native American Environmentalism (University of Nebraska Press, 2014, pbk 2018) and Native American Indian Freemasonry: Associationalism & Performance in America, (University of Nebraska Press, 2011, pbk 2019).

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,. In Nov. 2019 she will deliver the keynote address "Decolonising Water" for Swiss Association for North American Studies and in March 2020 will deliver the Mayflower Lecture at the University of Plymouth, “A Place of “Wild and Savage Hue”: The Political Ecological Legacies of the Mayflower Sailing".

She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and in 2018 was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship. She supervises a range of doctoral candidates working on: Indigenous Environmental History, Culture & Literature; Modernity & war; US & Canadian Environmental Studies; Digital Humanities, Indigenous Data Curation.
Research Interests Indigenous Environmental History, Culture & Literature; the American Presidency & the Environment; Modernity & War; US & Canadian Environmental Studies; Digital Humanities, Indigenous Data Curation.
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.


Department of History
University of Hull