Mark Rifkin

Mark Rifkin

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Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania-2003
M.A. University of Pennsylvania-1999
B.A. Rutgers University-1996

Research Interests

Dr. Rifkin’s research primarily focuses on Native American writing and politics from the eighteenth century onward, exploring the ways that Indigenous peoples have negotiated U.S. racial and imperial formations. His work explores the roles of gender, sexuality, affect, and eroticism in those processes, addressing legal and administrative frameworks, textual representations, and forms of everyday experience.

Selected Publications

  • Speaking for the People: Native Writing and the Question of Political Form, Duke University Press, 2021.
  • Fictions of Land and Flesh: Blackness, Indigeneity, Speculation, Duke University Press, 2019.
  • Beyond Settler Time: Temporal Sovereignty and Indigenous Self-Determination, Duke University Press, 2017.
  • Settler Common Sense: Queerness and Everyday Colonialism in the American Renaissance, University of Minnesota Press, 2014.
  • The Erotics of Sovereignty: Queer Native Writing in the Era of Self-Determination, University of Minnesota Press, 2012.
  • When Did Indians Become Straight?: Kinship, The History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty, Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • Manifesting America: The Imperial Construction of U.S. National Space, Oxford University Press, 2009.

Awards and Honors

  • Best Subsequent Book in Native American and Indigenous Studies for 2011 (for When Did Indians Become Straight?), Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, 2013.
  • John Hope Franklin Prize for best book in American Studies for 2011 (for When Did Indians Become Straight?), American Studies Association, 2012.
  • Best Special Issue, award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals for Sexuality, Nationality, Indigeneity, 2010.


The State of Things: When Did Indians Become Straight?