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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 received the Order of Canada in 2020.

Daniel currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture and is professor of First Nations and 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 co-editor of a number of critical and creative anthologies and journals, including the award-winning *Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature* (with James H. Cox) and the forthcoming *Allotment Stories: Indigenous Land Relations Under Settler Siege* (with Jean M. O'Brien). He is also the author of *Raccoon* and *Badger* in the celebrated Animal series from Reaktion Books (UK) and the Indigenous epic fantasy novel, *The Way of Thorn and Thunder: The Kynship Chronicles*.

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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