About Joanne Barker






American Indian StudiesCollege of Ethnic Studies


Ethnic Studies and Psychology Building (EP)


Office Hours: 

Tuesday: 12:00 pm-12:00 pm

Office Hours (Additional Info): 

Office hours are by appointment via Zoom through the 2020-2021 academic year.



At SF State Since:




Joanne Barker is Lenape (a citizen of the Delaware Tribe of Indians).

She is professor and chair of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University. She is currently serving on The Segora Te Land Trust Board and The Critical Ethnic Studies Journal Editorial Board.



Selected Works


Red Scare: State Discourses of the Indigenous Terrorist (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2021). To be released November 2021.

Guest Editor, "Indigeneity, Feminism, Activism," a special issue of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal 43.3 (Summer 2020).

Editor, Critically Sovereign: Indigenous Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2017).

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

Joanne Barker, Jodi Byrd, Alyosha Goldstein, and Sandy Grande, "Catastrophe, Care, and All that Remains,” Social Text (2021).

"Sovereignty." In Keywords for Gender and Sexuality Studies. Aren Aizura, Aimee Bahng, Karma Chavez, Mishuana Goeman, Kyla Wazana Tompkins, Shona N. Jackson, and Amber Jamilla Musser, eds. (New York University Press, forthcoming).

"Confluence: Water as an Analytic of Indigenous Feminisms: An Introduction." Indigeneity, Feminism, Activism. Joanne Barker, guest editor, special issue of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal 43.3 (Summer 2020).

"Decolonizing the Mind," Rethinking Marxism 30, no. 2 (2018), 208-231.

Territory as Analytic: The Dispossession of Lenapehoking and the Subprime Crisis,” Social Text (June 2018): 19-39.

"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).

"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).


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).



The Dawn of War: A Novella (2018).

Chitkuwi: A Novella (2017).

There Are No Stories About the Future: A Collection of Short Stories About the Future (2017).



The campuses of San Francisco State University are located within the occupied territories of the Ohlone peoples and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (the Coastal Miwok and Southern Pomo peoples).