Frank Kelderman

Assistant Professor


I specialize in Native American literature, with an emphasis on 19th-century writing and oratory. My first book, Authorized Agents: Publication and Diplomacy in the Era of Indian Removal, is forthcoming from State University of New York Press in October 2019. It examines the relationship between Native American literature and Indian diplomacy in the 19th century, exploring the colonial and intertribal dimensions of indigenous writing and oratory, from the Upper Missouri River Valley to the Great Lakes.

My scholarship has been published in the journals American Literature, American StudiesJ19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, and Great Plains Quarterly, and is forthcoming in MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States 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 about the representation of generational differences in 19th-century Native American literature. 

At the University of Louisville, I teach a variety of courses including indigenous, early American, and multi-ethnic US literature. Before I came 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, in The Netherlands.

If you're an undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Louisville, contact me anytime if you want to know more about my (future) course offerings, or if you want to do a research project in Native American studies, American studies, or 19th-century US literature.