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Professor of Indigenous & Environmental History, University of Hull

Professor Joy Porter is an interdisciplinary researcher of indigenous history in relation to the environment, war, modernity, and culture. She is Principal Investigator within the Treatied Spaces Research Group ( at the University of Hull which manages over 2.3M in external research grants. She works closely with UoH's Energy & Environment Institute and the Wilberforce Institute for Slavery & Emancipation. She is PI Host for British Academy Global Professor Gregory Smithers, 2020-2024, working on "Native Ecologies: Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Climate Change".

From September 2019-September 2022 she is a Leverhulme Major Research Fellow working on a new book on the environmental record of President Nixon and the Republican Party. From 2021 she is PI of the 3-year AHRC Standard Research Grant, "Brightening the Covenant Chain: Revealing Cultures of Diplomacy between the Crown and the Iroquois Confederacy" (931.032k)".

She is a UK REF 2021 Panel Member (History) and REF sub-panel Interdisciplinary Advisor. She serves on the AHRC Strategic Review College, 2016-2024, reviews and interviews for the Fulbright Commission, and reviews for the Leverhulme Trust, NERC, Finnish Research Council and Higher Education Academy. She is External Examiner for BA History, University of Bristol.

Her book Trauma, Primitivism and the First World War: The Making of Frank Prewett (Bloomsbury Press) was published 6 May 2021. Her next book is Canada's Green Challenge (Queen's-McGill University Press, 2021). Her previous books include Native American Environmentalism (University of Nebraska Press, 2014, pbk 2018), Native American Indian Freemasonry: Associationalism & Performance in America, (University of Nebraska Press, 2011, pbk 2019) and To Be Indian: The Life of Seneca-Iroquois Arthur Caswell Parker, University of Oklahoma Press, 2001).

Alongside Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) of California State University and Dr Clint Carroll (Cherokee) of the University of Colorado, from 2021 Professor Porter is Lead Editor of the Cambridge University Press book series, Elements in Indigenous Environmental Research.

Her work has benefited from awards from the Fulbright Commission, British Academy, AHRC, Canadian Government and Leverhulme Trust. Recent keynotes include the 29 June 2021 Mayflower Lecture “Indigenous Food Sovereignty: The Political Ecological Legacies of the Mayflower Sailing", University of Plymouth; 2019 Swiss Association for North American Studies Keynote, "Decolonising Water"; 2019 Eccles British Association of Canadian Studies BACS Keynote "Who Fights for Canada as the Climate Changes?"; and 2019 Alymer Lecture, University of York.

She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and in 2018 was awarded an AdvanceHE National Teaching Fellowship. She supervises a range of doctoral candidates working on: Indigenous Environmental History, Culture & Literature; Modernity & war; US & Canadian Environmental Studies; Digital Humanities, Indigenous Data Curation.


  • –present
    Professor of Indigenous History, University of Hull