Frank Kelderman

Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies


I am a literary historian who specializes in Native American literature, Indigenous studies, and nineteenth-century American studies. My first book, Authorized Agents: Publication and Diplomacy in the Era of Indian Removal (SUNY Press, 2019) explores the relation between Native American literature and Indian diplomacy in the nineteenth century, from the Missouri River Valley to the Great Lakes. You can read a selection of my journal articles and book chapters on my Institutional Repository page

At the University of Louisville I teach a range of courses on Indigenous, early American, and multi-ethnic US literature. I received my Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan. Before coming to 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 (The Netherlands). In 2018-19 I was a faculty fellow at the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society.

I currently serve as the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of English. I welcome all questions about out M.A. program in English and our Ph.D. program in Rhetoric and Composition.