About Joanne Barker



Instructional Faculty


American Indian StudiesCollege of Ethnic Studies


Ethnic Studies and Psychology Building (EP)


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At SF State Since:




Joanne Barker is Lenape (a citizen of the Delaware Tribe of Indians). She is professor of American Indian Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. She serves on The Segorea Te Land Trust Board.



bookcoverSelected Publications


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

Red Scare was awarded the Best Subsequent Book in Native American and Indigenous Studies Prize by the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.

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.