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James W. Parins, Professor, Associate Director, Department of English

Professor James W. Parins earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin in 1972. Currently he is Professor of English and Associate Director of the Sequoyah National Research Center, which he co-founded. He is editor of the Tribal Writers Digital Library and the Native Writers Chapbook Series at the Center and teaches a series of internships there. Previously, he was Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Visiting Professor of Humanities at Leicester Polytechnic in England. Parins has published many books, including biographies, editions, and reference works. His latest project, undertaken jointly with Daniel F. Littlefield, Jr., is the two-volume Encyclopedia of Indian Removal, 1830-1960 (Greenwood, 2010). Previously, he published Elias Cornelius Boudinot: A Life on the Cherokee Border (Nebraska, 2006); John Rollin Ridge: His Life and Works (Nebraska, 1991, revised, 2004); American Indian and Alaska Native Newspapers and Periodicals, 1826-1984, two volumes, with Littlefield (Greenwood, 1986); A Biobibliography of Native American Writers, 1772-1924 and its Supplement (1980-1981); William Barnes (G. K. Hall, 1984); Native American Writing from the Southeast, 1875-1935, with Littlefield (Mississippi, 1995); Ke-ma-ha: The Omaha Tales of Francis La Flesche with Littlefield (Nebraska, 1995); Tales of the Bark Lodges, with Littlefield (Mississippi, 1995); Structure and Meaning: An Introduction to Literature, with Dube, et al (Houghton-Mifflin, 1976, 1983); and several concordances to the works of Joseph Conrad and Ezra Pound, (Garland, 1971-1983). He has also published around 40 editions of Indian writers from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and edited seven chapbooks by contemporary Native writers. He has published many articles and delivered many conference papers. In May 2010, he gave two conference papers in France, the first “Poetry of the Indian Territory” at the Symposium on Early American Indian Literature at the University of Montpellier, and “When World-Views Collide: Indian versus White Conceptions of the Environment” (with Robert E. Sanderson) at the European American Studies Conference in Grenoble. Parins works with 5-10 interns each semester on various research projects in the American Native Press Archives, a part of the Sequoyah National Research Center. Undergraduate students from several departments take part in the internship program.

Updated 5.20.2010