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Cristina Stanciu

Associate Professor
Director, Humanities Research Center.
(804) 827-8425
Hibbs Hall 414


BA English, Al. I. Cuza University, Romania
MA American Cultural Studies, Al. I. Cuza University, Romania
MA English, Emporia State University
PhD University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research/Teaching Focus

Native American and Indigenous Studies; Ethnic and immigrant American literatures; visual culture (esp. silent film); critical theory


The Makings and Unmakings of Americans: Indians and Immigrants in American Literature and Culture, 1879-1924 (forthcoming, Yale UP)

Ed. with Kristina Ackley.  Laura Cornelius Kellogg: Our Democracy and the American Indian and Other Writings. Syracuse: Syracuse UP,  2015. The Iroquois and Their Neighbors Series.

Introduction, “Laura Cornelius Kellogg: Haudenausaunee Thinker, Native Activist, American Writer.” (First author, with Kristina Ackley). Laura Cornelius Kellogg: Our Democracy and the American Indian and Other Writings. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse UP, 2015. 1–62.

Guest Editor

Special Issue on Pedagogy, MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States, 42.4 (2017), with Anastasia Lin.

Cristina Stanciu with Anastasia Lin, “Teaching Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States: Pedagogy in Anxious Times.” MELUS 42.4 (2017): 1–19.

Recent/Selected Publications

“‘Americanism for Indians’: Carlos Montezuma’s ‘Immigrant Problem,’ Wassaja, and the Limits of Native Activism.” Studies in American Indian Literatures, Forthcoming, Fall 2021.

“‘I Tell Heem Nothing!’: Education and the Americanization of Italian Immigrants at the Turn into the Twentieth Century.” The Italian American Review, Forthcoming, November 2021.

“Native Acts, Immigrant Acts: Citizenship, Naturalization, and the Performance of Civic Identity during the Progressive Era.” JGAPE: Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Forthcoming, April 2021.

“The Recovery of the People is Tied to the Recovery of Food”: Food Sovereignty and Winona LaDuke’s Last Standing Woman.“ East-West Cultural Passage 12.2 (December 2019): 121- 139. Online edition, March 2020. 10.2478/ewcp-2019-0015.

“Americanization on Native Terms: The Society of American Indians, Citizenship Debates, and Tropes of ‘Racial Difference.’” NAIS: Native American and Indigenous Studies 6.1 (2019): 111-148.

“Boarding School Poetry, Carlisle Indian Industrial School, and the Demands of Americanization Poetics and Politics at the Turn of the Twentieth Century.” Book Chapter. Turn of the Twentieth Century American Literary Studies. Eds. Meredith Goldsmith and Melanie V. Dawson. University of Florida Press, 2018, 99–143.

“Looking for the Native Students’ Voices in the Western Americana Collection,” Beinecke Illuminated 2 (Summer 2015): 12–13.

“Marcus E. Ravage’s An American in the Making, Americanization, and New Immigrant Representation.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States 40.2 (Summer 2015): 5–29.

“Strangers in America: Yiddish Poetry at the Turn of the Twentieth Century and the Demands of Americanization.” College English 76.1 (September 2013): 59–83.

“An Indian Woman of Many Hats: Laura Cornelius Kellogg’s Embattled Search for an Indigenous Voice.”  American Indian Quarterly 37.3/SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literatures 25.2 (Summer 2013): 87–115.

“‘That Is Why I Sent You to Carlisle’: Indian Poetry and the Demands of Americanization Poetics and Politics.” American Indian Quarterly 37.2 (Spring 2013):  34–76.

“Redskin.” Seeing Red: Hollywood’s Pixeled Skins.  Eds. LeAnne Howe, Denise Cummings, and Harvey Markowitz. Lansing: Michigan State UP, 2013. 7–11.

“The Art of Rejection” (with Melissa Girard). The Chronicle of Higher Education, 22 January 2012. (Ranked one of the most viewed and commented on articles in the Chronicle, January 2012).

“‘The Last Indian Syndrome’ Revisited: Metamora, Take Two.” Intertexts 10.1 (Spring 2006): 25–49.

“The Mother’s Burial, the Daughter’s Burden: Disintegrated and Dismembered Bodies in Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and Wright’s Native Son.” Portals: A Comparative Literature Journal 2.1 (2004): 77–90.

Representative Service

Book Review Editor, MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, 2020-

Membership and Media Chair, MELUS (The Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States), 2015–2021.

Recent Representative Fellowships

Fulbright Scholar Award, 2019-2020
Obama Institute Fellowship, Obama Institute, Johannes Guttenberg University, Germany, 2020.
VCU College of Humanities and Sciences Seed Award, Summer 2019.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Award, 2017.
AAUW American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship, 12 months, 2015–2016.
The Reese Fellowship in American Bibliography and the History of the Book in the Americas, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, 2014–2015.

The Monticello College Foundation Fellowship, The Newberry Library, Chicago IL, 2013–2014.

Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in American Indian Studies, Michigan State University, 2008–2009.

Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies Fellowship, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 2006–2007.

International Collaborations

Erasmus+ Teaching Mobility, “Al. I. Cuza” University, Iasi, Romania, 2018.

Faculty photo by VCU University Relations – 2020