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Eric Cheyfitz

Ernest I. White Professor of American Studies and Humane Letters

Goldwin Smith Hall, Room 157


Eric Cheyfitz is the Ernest I. White Professor of American Studies and Humane Letters at Cornell University, where he teaches American literatures, American Indian literatures and federal Indian law. From 2008-11 he served as director of Cornell’s American Indian Program. And from 2004-11, he served as faculty coordinator for the Mellon Mays  Undergraduate Fellowship Program, which makes a substantial contribution to supporting diversity both at Cornell and internationally. In addition to three books and numerous published articles in these fields, Cheyfitz has appeared in the public sphere of newspapers, radio, documentary film, and legal proceedings involving issues of both Native rights and academic freedom. His latest book is The (Post)Colonial Construction of Indian Country: U.S. American Indian Literatures and Federal Indian Law, which appears as Part I of The Columbia Guide to American Indian Literatures of the United States since 1945 (2006), which he also edited. Most recently, he co-edited a special issue of the journal South Atlantic Quarterly, titled Sovereignty, Indigeneity, and the Law (Duke University Press, 2011), which won the Council of Editors of Learned Journals award for the best special issue of a journal for 2011.


    • English

    Graduate Fields

    • American Indian Studies
    • American Studies
    • English Language and Literature


    • American Studies Program


    • American Literatures
    • American Indian Literatures
    • Federal Indian Law
    • The Corporate University of Academic Freedom



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