Frank Kelderman

Assistant Professor


I specialize in Native American literature, with an emphasis on nineteenth-century writing and oratory. My first book, Authorized Agents: Publication and Diplomacy in the Era of Indian Removalis forthcoming from State University of New York Press in October 2019. It examines the relationship between nineteenth-century Native literature and Indian diplomacy, considering the colonial and intertribal dimensions of indigenous writing and oratory, from the Upper Missouri River Valley to the Great Lakes.

My other scholarly work has been published in American Literature, American StudiesJ19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, and Great Plains Quarterly. Before coming to the University of Louisville I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Comparative American studies at Oberlin College and I have previously taught American Studies at the University of Groningen. 

At the University of Louisville I teach courses in Native American, early American, and multi-ethnic American literature. I am currently a faculty fellow at the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, to begin a new book project, on the representation of generational differences in Native American literature.