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Eric Cheyfitz

Ernest I. White Professor of American Studies and Humane Letters

Eric Cheyfitz



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 U.S. 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 four books and numerous published articles in these fields, Cheyfitz has appeared in the public sphere of newspapers, radio, documentary film, and as an expert witness in legal proceedings involving issues of both Native rights and academic freedom. His latest book is The Disinformation Age: The Collapse of Liberal Democracy in the United States (Routledge, 2017)  He is also the author of The Trans-Parent: Sexual Politics in the Language of Emerson, The Poetics of Imperialism: Translation and Colonization from The Tempest to Tarzan, and The (Post)Colonial Construction of Indian Country: U.S. American Indian Literatures and Federal Indian Law ( Part I of The Columbia Guide to American Indian Literatures of the United States since 1945, which he also edited). He is the co-editor of a special issue of the journal South Atlantic Quarterly, titled Sovereignty, Indigeneity, and the Law, which won the Council of Editors of Learned Journals award for the best special issue of a journal for 2011and was cited for "Outstanding Indigenous Scholarship" in the same year by the American Indian and Alaska Native Professors Association. He is currently writing essays for the forthcoming Cambridge History of Native American Literature and the Routledge Handbook of Translation and Politics.


    • American Studies Program
    • English

    Graduate Fields

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


    • American Studies Program
    • American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program


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


    Fall 2019

    Spring 2020


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