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Medak-Saltzman, Danika Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • Medak-Saltzman is an interdisciplinary comparative Ethnic Studies scholar. She takes race in general, and American Indian/Indigenous peoples’ historical experiences in particular, as her objects of study. Her research and teaching interests are focused on Indigenous histories, visual and material culture, Native women, and the transnational movement of U.S. colonial policies –particularly to Japan which is the subject of her current book project. Her second book project will examine how Native peoples are portrayed and are portraying themselves in horror, sci-fi and fantasy films. While her current manuscript and second book topic seem divergent, they are both focused on reevaluating representations of Native people and recognizing that both in the past and in the present Native peoples have managed to negotiate difficult situations and visualize/create futures even in spite of persistent colonial narratives that mandate Native disappearance.


  • Indigenous histories; Indigenous feminisms; Comparative Ethnic Studies; Race and representation; Visual and material culture; National memory; Haunting and the post-colonial trace; Transnational movement of American colonial ideologies–particularly in the case of Japan; Historical Silences; Postcolonial science fiction; Indigenous Futurisms in Native horror, sci-fi and fantasy narratives


selected publications


courses taught

  • ETHN 3841 Undergraduate Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • ETHN 4841 Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • ETHN 3213 American Indian Women (Spring 2018)
  • ETHN 3841 Undergraduate Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • ETHN 4213 Indigenous Futurisms: Speculative Genres and Native Tomorrows (Spring 2018)
  • ETHN 4841 Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • ETHN 4961 Honors Thesis 1 (Spring 2018)
  • ETHN 4971 Honors Thesis 2 (Spring 2018)
  • ETHN 6841 Advanced Directed Readings in Ethnic Studies (Spring 2018)
  • ETHN 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2018)
  • WGST 3210 American Indian Women (Spring 2018)


International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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