Cheryl Suzack

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Associate Professor, Department of English and Centre for Indigenous Studies
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Research Interests: 
Indigenous literatures; studies in law and literature; postcolonial and feminist theory; legal writing

“Human Rights and Indigenous Feminisms.” Handbook of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights. Ed. Damien Short and Corinne Lennox. London: Routledge, forthcoming.


Co-Editor (with Greig Henderson and Simon Stern), “The Critical Work of Law and Literature.” Special Issue on Law and Literature, University of Toronto Quarterly 82:4 (Fall 2013).


Co-Author (with Élise Couture-Grondin), “The Becoming of Justice: Indigenous Women’s Writing in the Pre-Truth and Reconciliation Period.” Transitional Justice Review 1.2 (2013): 97-125.


“The Transposition of Law and Literature in Delgamuukw and Monkey Beach.” South Atlantic Quarterly 110.2 (Spring 2011): 447-463.

Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, Culture. Cheryl Suzack, Shari Huhndorf, Jeanne Perreault, and Jean Barman, co-editors and contributors (UBC Press, 2010).


“Indigenous Women and Transnational Feminist Struggle.” CR: The New Centennial Review 10.1 (2010): 179-193.

“Land Claims, Identity Claims: Mapping Indigenous Feminism in Literary Criticism and in Winona LaDuke’s Last Standing Woman.” Reasoning Together. Ed. Craig Womack. U of Oklahoma P, 2008. 169-92.

“Notes Towards Establishing a Property Interest in Aboriginal Culture.” Race & Racism in 21st Century Canada. Ed. Sean P. Hier and B. Singh Bolaria. Broadview, 2007. 217-34.


“Aboriginal Publishing in Canada.” History of the Book in Canada/Histoire du livre et de l’edition au Canada. Volume 3. Ed. Carole Gerson and Jacques Michon. U of Toronto P, 2006. 293-297.


“Law Stories as Life Stories: Jeannette Lavell, Yvonne Bedard, and Half-breed.” Auto/Biography: Trace, Text, Telling. Ed. Marlene Kadar, Susanna Egan, Jeanne Perreault, and Linda Warley. Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2005. 117-41.

Editor, In Search of April Raintree: Critical Edition, by Beatrice Culleton Mosionier, Portage and Main Press, 1999.


Cheryl Suzack’s research focuses on Indigenous law and literature with a particular emphasis on writing by Indigenous women. In her book, Indigenous Women’s Writing and the Cultural Study of Law, she explores how Indigenous women’s writing from Canada and the United States addresses case law concerning tribal membership, intergenerational residential school experiences, and land claims. Her current project analyzes Justice Thurgood Marshall’s papers in the context of Indian civil rights claims from the 1960s. She is a co-editor (with Greig Henderson and Simon Stern) of “The Critical Work of Law and Literature,” University of Toronto Quarterly (Fall 2013) and a co-editor and contributor (with Shari Huhndorf, Jeanne Perreault, and Jean Barman) to the award-winning collection, Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, Culture (UBC 2010). Suzack is cross-appointed to the Indigenous Studies Program and teaches courses for English and Indigenous Studies on comparative Indigenous literatures, comparative Indigenous studies, and Indigenous decolonization with a focus on gender issues and Indigenous women.
Visit Cheryl Suzack’s website for a more extensive look at her experience and research.