Frank Kelderman

Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies (on sabbatical Fall 2022)


I am currently on a research sabbatical until January 1, 2023. For any questions about our MA or PhD programs, please contact Graduate Program Assistance or Dr. Joseph Turner, Acting 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. My essays have appeared in American Literature, American Studies, J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, Great Plains Quarterly, MELUS, Studies in American Indian Literatures, and American Quarterly. You can read a selection of my work 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.