Frank Kelderman

Assistant Professor


I am a literary historian who specializes in Native American literature and nineteenth-century American studies. My first book, Authorized Agents: Publication and Diplomacy in the Era of Indian Removal, is forthcoming from SUNY Press in October 2019. Authorized Agents explores the relation between Native American literature and Indian diplomacy in the nineteenth century, tracing the collaborative dimensions of indigenous writing from the Missouri River Valley to the Great Lakes.

My scholarship has been published in the journals American Literature, American StudiesJ19, and Great Plains Quarterly, and is forthcoming in MELUS and Studies in American Indian Literatures. This year I am a faculty fellow at the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, to do research for a new book project titled "Telling Time: Narrative and Generational Difference in Native American Literature." 

At the University of Louisville I teach a variety of courses including indigenous, early American, and multi-ethnic US literature. I received my Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan. Before coming to UofL, I was a postdoctoral fellow in Comparative American Studies at Oberlin College, and I have previously taught American Studies at the University of Groningen, in The Netherlands. 

If you're a student at UofL, email me if you'd like to know more about my course offerings or if you want to do a research project in Native American studies, American studies, or nineteenth-century US literature.