Professor Siebert’s research interests focus on the late twentieth and early twenty first century American literature and culture, ethnic literary and cinematographic traditions, and Native American studies. She is completing a book on the contemporary North American indigenous literature and art. Indians Playing Indian? explores different ways in which American Indian writers, filmmakers, museum curators, and visual artists represent historic and contemporary indigeneity in the context of the politics of recognition in the United States and Canada. Through a series of case studies ranging from the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. through fiction, film, photography and installation art, the book explains how contemporary American Indian artists and writers capitalize on the representational opportunities offered by North American multiculturalism as well as confront the limitations multiculturalism imposes. Her next book, Pocahontas’ Underwear, will focus on the contemporary cultural contests over Virginia’s colonial heritage.
Siebert is a Residential Fellow at the Virginia Foundation for Humanities, Charlottesville, VA for the Spring 2013.