Frank Kelderman

Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies


Frank Kelderman specializes in Indigenous studies, transnational American studies, and nineteenth-century American literature. His first book, Authorized Agents: Publication and Diplomacy in the Era of Indian Removal (SUNY Press, 2019) explores the relation between Native American writing and diplomacy in the nineteenth century, from the Missouri River Valley to the Great Lakes. You can read a selection of his journal articles and book chapters on his Institutional Repository page. He is currently working on his second book, about the relation between Native American authors and the history of global anticolonial writing.

At the University of Louisville Kelderman teaches a range of courses on Indigenous literatures and American studies. He received his Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan. Before coming to Louisville, he was a postdoctoral fellow in Comparative American Studies at Oberlin College, and he has previously taught American Studies at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). In 2018-19 Kelderman was a faculty fellow at the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society.

He currently serves as the Director of Graduate Studies in English and welcomes all questions about the M.A. program in English and Ph.D. program in Rhetoric and Composition.