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Daniel Heath Justice

Cherokee Nation citizen, Professor of Critical Indigenous Studies and English, University of British Columbia

Daniel Heath Justice is a Colorado-born citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He received his B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Before coming to the University of British Columbia, he spent ten years as a faculty member in the Department of English at the University of Toronto, where he was also an affiliate of the Aboriginal Studies Program. He was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Academy of the Arts and Humanities) in 2018 and was appointed an Officer in the Order of Canada in 2020.

Daniel is professor of Critical Indigenous Studies and English at UBC. He is the author of *Why Indigenous Literatures Matter* (2018), *Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokee Literary History* (2005), and numerous essays in the field of Indigenous literary and cultural studies, as well as editor of a number of anthologies and journals, including the recent *Allotment Stories: Indigenous Land Relations Under Settler Siege* (co-edited with White Earth Ojibwe historian Jean M. O'Brien). He is also the author of *Raccoon* and *Badger* in the celebrated Animal series from Reaktion Books (UK).

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Photo by Maize Longboat and Victoria Cooke, 2019.


  • –present
    Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture, University of British Columbia


Order of Canada, Royal Society of Canada