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Professor Joy Porter

Biography Professor Porter is an interdisciplinary researcher and teacher of indigenous history in relation to the environment, war, modernity, literature and cultures. 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. From 2021 she is PI of the AHRC Standard Research Grant, "Brightening the Covenant Chain: Revealing Cultures of Diplomacy between the Crown and the Iroquois Confederacy" (931.032k)".

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, working on Native Ecologies: Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Climate Change. 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 Trauma, Primitivism and the First World War: The Making of Frank 'Toronto' Prewett (Bloomsbury, 7 July 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 the 2020, Mayflower Lecture “A Place of “Wild and Savage Hue”: 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.

She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was awarded a 2018 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.

Professor Porter is also a regular contributor to a range of media that includes BBC News, BBC Radio, TLS, History Today and The Conversation. For more, please see https://treatiedspaces.com/media/
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.
Scopus Author ID 55975278200