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Dr. Monika  Siebert
Dr. Monika Siebert
Associate Professor of English
Program Coordinator, Film Studies

Professor Siebert’s research interests focus on the late twentieth and early twenty first century contemporary American literature and North American indigenous literature and film. She is the author of Indians Playing Indian? Multiculturalism and Contemporary Indigenous Art in North America (2015), which explores how contemporary indigenous 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 these artists and writers capitalize on the representational opportunities offered by North American multiculturalism as well as creatively confront the limitations multiculturalism imposes. Her current project studies contemporary cultural contests over Virginia’s precolonial and colonial heritage.


Indians Playing Indian? North American Indigenous Art in the Age of Multiculturalism (University of Alabama Press, 2015)


“Are Indians in American DNA?” Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture 8.1 (2019), 80-97, special issue on Yesterday’s Contemporaneity: Finding Temporaneity in the Past, (with Marina Tyquiengco)

“Pocahontas Looks Back and then Looks Elsewhere: The Entangled Gaze in Contemporary Indigenous Art.” Ab-Original: Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations’ and First Peoples’ Studies. 2.2 (2018), 207-226

“East Asian Westerns at/as the Limits of Genre Criticism.” Studia Filmoznawcze/Film Studies 38, (2017), 17-30, special issue on Contemporary Transnational Westerns: Themes and Variations Since 2000

Historical Realism and Imperialist Nostalgia in Terrence Malick’s The New World.” Mississippi Quarterly 65.1 (Winter 2012), 137-153

"Repugnant Aboriginality" will appear in American Literature 83, no. 1 (2011): 93-119.

Atanarjuat and the Ideological Work of Indigenous Filmmaking,” Public Culture, 18.3 (Fall 2006)

Beur Travel Writing: Tassadit Imache’s Algerie,” The French Review, 79.4 (March 2006)

Ph.D., Harvard University
Comparative Literature
B.A., Amherst College
Contact Information
348 Humanities Building
(804) 289-8311
Areas of Expertise
Contemporary American Literature
Indigenous literature and film in North America