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 has been at SFSU since 2003.

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, is on the Bode-Pearson Prize Committee of the American Studies Association (2017-2019), and serves on the Segora Te Land Trust Board.


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.


Creative Writing and Arts

Indigenous Feminist Science Fiction Writings (click here):

  • Relative Time
  • Dawn of War
  • The Last Informant
  • Choice
  • Adapted

Digital Art (click here):

  • Dancing on Mars
  • Sky Woman Taking A Break
  • This Land Is Not For Sale