Tammy Wahpeconiah

Academic Specialty:

Native American Literature; 19th Century American Literature

Office Hours:

TR: 7:00-8:00, 1:30-3:00
W: 10:00-11:45, 2:00-4:30


  • Ph.D., Michigan State University

Selected Publications:

  • “’An Evening’s Curiosity’: Image and Indianness in James Welch’s The Heartsong of Charging Elk.” Transmotion. Vol. 2. Nos 1&2. 2016.

  • “’That We May Stand and Walk Ourselves’: Indian Sovereignty and Diplomacy after the Revolutionary War”. Ed. Deborah Madsen. Routledge Companion to Native American Literature. Routledge. 2015.

  • “Catch and Release.” Ed. Chris Arvidson, et.al. Reflections on the New River: New Essays, Poem, and Personal Stories. McFarland Press. 2015.

  • “Navigating the River of the World: Collective Trauma in Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Ed. Leon Lewis. Critical Insights: Sherman Alexie. Salem Press. 2010.

  • “Postmodern Magic, Traditional Rage: The Critical Reception of Sherman Alexie’s Work.” Ed. Leon Lewis. Critical Insights: Sherman Alexie. Salem Press. 2010.

  • This Once Savage Heart of Mine: Rhetorical Strategies of Survival in Early Native American Writing. Lambert Academic Press. 2009.

  • "This Once Savage Heart of Mine: Joseph Johnson, Wheelock's "Indians," and the Construction of a Christian/Indian Identity, 1764-1776." Eds. Colin G. Calloway and Neal Salisbury. Boston: The Colonial Society of Massachusetts, 2003.

Tammy Wahpeconiah received her BA from the University of Miami (Go 'Canes!) in 1996, her MA from Michigan State University in 1998, and her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2004.

Her research interests include Native American writing, with a focus on the novel, conversion narratives, diaries, speeches and autobiographies. Additional interests include Science Fiction and Fantasy, the 19th century American novel and the creation of the American citizen in the 18th and 19th century.

Title: Professor
Department: Department of English

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-7689

Office address
318C Edwin Duncan