About Joanne Barker




Associate Professor


American Indian StudiesCollege of Ethnic Studies


Ethnic Studies and Psychology Building (EP)


Office Hours: 

Tuesday: 10:00 am-11:00 am
Thursday: 10:00 am-11:00 am


At SF State Since:




Joanne Barker is Lenape (a citizen of the Delaware Tribe of Indians). She is a professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University.

She is serving as Faculty Advisor to the Pacific Islanders Club at SFSU (2016-17), has been Project Director of the Johnet Scholarship for Native Americans at SFSU since 2003, and is on the Bode-Pearson Prize Committee of the American Studies Association (2017-2019).


Selected Publications


bookEditor, Critically Sovereign: Indigenous Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2017). Available for preorder on amazon with an April 28 release date.

Native Acts: Law, Recognition, and Cultural Authenticity (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2011).

Editor, Sovereignty Matters: Locations of Contestation and Possibility in Indigenous Struggles for Self-Determination (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005).


Articles and Chapters

"U.S. Imperialism and the Shame of Indigeneity." Chapter in edited volume (details forthcoming).

“In Debt: The Dispossession of Manna-Hata,” special issue of Social Text co-edited by Jodi A. Byrd, Alyosha Goldstein, and Jodi Kim (in review).

*"Critically Sovereign" (available online). In Critically Sovereign: Indigenous Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (Joanne Barker, ed. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2017: 1-44).

*"The Corporation and the Tribe," American Indian Quarterly 39, no. 3 (Summer 2015), 243-270.

*"Self-Determination," Critical Ethnic Studies Journal 1, no. 1 (Spring 2015), 11-26.

*“Indigenous Feminisms.” Handbook on Indigenous People’s Politics. José Antonio Lucero, Dale Turner, and Donna Lee VanCott, eds. (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming; chapter available on-line as of January 2015).

“The Specters of Recognition.” Formations of United States Colonialism. Alyosha Goldstein, ed. (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2014).

*“Gender.” The Indigenous World of North America. Robert Warrior, ed. (New York: Routledge Press, 2014).

“The Recognition of NAGPRA: A Human Rights Promise Deferred.” Recognition, Sovereignty Struggles, and Indigenous Rights in the United States: A Sourcebook. Amy E. Den Ouden and Jean M. O’Brien, editors. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013, 95-114).

*"Gender, Sovereignty, and the Discourse of Rights in Native Women's Activism," Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism 7, no. 1 (2006), 127-62. Reprinted as: "Women’s Work: Gender, Sovereignty, and the Discourse of Rights in Native Women's Activism." Indigeneity. John Brown Childs and Guillermo Delgado-P., editors. (Santa Cruz, CA: The Literary Guillotine Press, 2012). "Gender, Sovereignty, and the Discourse of Rights in Native Women's Activism." Rethinking Canada: The Promise of Women’s History. Sixth Edition. Mona Gleason, Adele Perry, and Tamara Myers, editors. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010). "Gender, Sovereignty, Rights: A Note On Native Women's Activism Against Social Inequality and Violence in Canada," American Quarterly 60, no. 2 (2008).

*"For Whom Sovereignty Matters," in Sovereignty Matters: Locations of Contestation and Possibility in Indigenous Struggles for Self-Determination (Joanne Barker, ed. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005: 1-32).

*"Recognition," Journal of Indigenous Nations Studies and American Studies (special joint issue) 46, nos. 3/4 (2005), 117-145.

*"The Human Genome Diversity Project: 'Peoples', 'Populations', and the Cultural Politics of Identification," Cultural Studies 18, no. 4 (July 2004), 578-613.

*"Indian[tm] U.S.A.," Wicazō Śa Review: A Native American Studies Journal 18, no. 1 (Spring 2003), 25-79.

*"Looking for Warrior Woman (Beyond Pocahontas)." this bridge we call home: radical visions for transformation. AnaLouise Keating and Gloria Anzaldúa, eds. (New York: Routledge Press, 2002, 314-325). Reprinted, though originally written for "Looking for Warrior Woman (Beyond Pocahontas)." Beyond the Frame. Angela Davis and Neferti Tadiar, eds. (New York: Palgrave McMillan Press, 2005).

*Joanne Barker and Teresia Teawai, "Native InFormation," Inscriptions 7 (Fall 1994), 16-41.


*In the interest of free access and the public domain, and for those without library privileges, I have made some of my publications available at academia.edu.



Director/writer/co-producer. A Child's Place: In Palestine. uncivilized films/myrmuring films, 2016 (1:09).

Director/writer/co-producer. We Will Stay Here: The Al-Kurds of Sheikh Jarrah. uncivilized films/myrmuring films, 2016 (1:05).

Director/writer/co-producer. Political Prisoners in Palestine. uncivilized films/myrmuring films, 2016 (1:45).



"No Thanks: How the Thanksgiving Narrative Erases the Genocide of Native People.TruthOut. November 26, 2015.

The True Meaning of Sovereignty.” Tribal Rights v. Racial Justice (Cherokee Freedom). New York Times: Room for Debate. September 15, 2011.

Ethnic Studies: The Stress Test of Public Education in California.” California Progress Report. June 30, 2009.