Jessica Bardill

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: Bate 2115
Phone: 252.328.6516
E-Mail: bardillj@ecu.edu


Jessica Bardill specializes in the indigenous literatures of the US, particularly examining the intersections of cultures, literatures, sciences (especially genetics), and legal discourses. Her work engages the role of narrative medicine in wellness, ethical issues between communities and researchers, as well as the power of literature to resist and change national narrations of being and belonging. She is currently working on articles and a book manuscript on these topics. Prior to coming to ECU, Bardill was a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a Lecturer in the Thinking Matters Program at Stanford University.


B.A./B.S. Emory University
Ph.D. Duke University

Research Interests

American Indian and Indigenous Studies
Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Genetics/Genomics
Law, Policy, and Literature
Critical Race Studies
Science Studies

Courses Taught

ENGL 7365: Intesectionality and Identity in Literature
ENGL 6450: Studies in World Indigenous Literatures
ENGL 6350: Studies in Native American Literatures
ENGL 3250: Native American Literature
Honors 2011: Genes, Germs, and Nuclear War
ETHN 2001: Introduction to Ethnic Studies
ENGL 1100: Foundations of College Writing
ENGL 1000: Appreciating Literature

Selected Publications and Presentations

New Words and Old Stories: Indigenous Teachings in Health Care and Bioethics”, Open Peer Commentary with Nanibaa’ Garrison, American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB). Vol. 16, Issue 5 (May 2016), pp. 50-52.

Naming Indigenous Concerns, Framing Considerations for Stored Biospecimens”, Open Peer Commentary with Nanibaa’ Garrison in American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB). Vol. 15, Issue 9 (August 2015). pp.73-5.

“Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Native American DNA” in Annual Review of Anthropology, Volume 43, September 2014. pp. 155-166.

“Identity as Socially Constructed: An Objection to Individual Change” in American Journal of Bioethics: Neuroscience, Open Peer Commentary, Issue 5, Vol. 1., January 2014, pp. 19-20.

Review essay of Progressive Traditions: Identity in Cherokee Literature and Culture by Joshua Nelson, Sovereign Stories: Aesthetics, Autonomy, and Native American Writing by Padraig Kirwan, and Settler Common Sense: Queerness and Everyday Colonialism by Mark Rifkin. Submitted to American Literature, Vol. 88, No. 1 (March 2016).

Review of That the Blood Stay Pure: African Americans, Native Americans, and the Predicament of Race and Identity in Virginia in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) Journal, Volume 3, Issue 1, Spring 2016.

Review of Islands of Decolonial Love: Stories and Songs by Leanne Simpson in As/Us: A Space for Women of the World, Issue 4, pp. 214-216. Fall 2014.

How Can Polyamory Teach Us to be Better Professionals; Or, How I Learned to Love and Be Loved by Many Colleagues”, guest contribution to the Critical Polyamorist blog.

Review of Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science by Kim TallBear in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) Journal, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp. 192-194, Fall 2014.

"Genetic Ancestry Testing," in International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition. Co-authored with Nanibaa' A. Garrison. Graciela Cabana, section ed. Accepted, 2015.

American Indian & Alaska Natives Genetics Resource Center, National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), launched June 2012. 

"Limited Uses of Genetic Testing for Tribal Enrollment"

"Tribal Enrollment and Genetic Testing"

"Tribal Sovereignty and Enrollment Determinations"

"Information and Misinformation Already Had: DNA and Tribal Citizenship." GeneWatch, Council for Responsible Genetics, Vol. 23, Issue 3 (May-June 2010), pp.8-9, 26.

Review of Old World Roots of the Cherokee: How DNA, Ancient Alphabets and Religion Explain the Origins of America's Largest Indian Nation in American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Vol. 7, No. 4. American Indian Studies Center, UCLA.

Review of Spaces Between Us: Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization, Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics, and Literature and Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature in make/shift: feminisms in motion, only makeshiftmag.com. Issue 13, Spring/Summer 2013.

Curated Exhibit and Documentary Producer

Leaving Home, Building Community: Triad Native American History, Presence, and Continuance. Co-curated with Nora Dial-Stanley (Lumbee), community engaged research including return of results in the form of a gallery exhibit and a one-hour documentary film.
Guilford Native American Art Gallery, Greensboro Cultural Center, Greensboro, NC.
September 23, 2016 – November 22, 2016.

Website Links

Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics
Native American and Indigenous Studies Association