Frank Kelderman

Assistant Professor


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 scholarship has been published in the journals American Literature, American StudiesJ19Great Plains QuarterlyMELUS, and Studies in American Indian Literatures

At the University of Louisville I teach a variety of courses including 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, in The Netherlands. In 2018-19 I was a faculty fellow at the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society. If you're a student at the University of Louisville, email me if you'd like to know more about my course offerings or if you want to do a research project in Native American studies or nineteenth-century American literature. You can read a selection of my work on my Institutional Repository page