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Jessica Bardill

Jessica Bardill
Assistant Professor

Office: Bate 2115
Phone: 252.328.6516

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

Primary Areas of Research/Teaching

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

Courses Taught
6350: Studies in Native American Literatures
3250: Native American Literature
1100: English Composition

Selected Publications and Presentations

"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 Issue 13, Spring/Summer 2013.

Website Links
Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association