Department of English

Graduate student Kirby Brown wins George H. Mitchell Excellence in Graduate Research Award

Wed, May 26, 2010
Kirby Brown & James Cox
Kirby Brown & James Cox

The English Department congratulates graduate student Kirby Brown on winning the George H. Mitchell Excellence in Graduate Research Award for his ongoing thesis, "Stoking the Fire: Nationhood in Early Twentieth Century Cherokee Writing."  Kirby's research was recommended by Professor James Cox for the award, which is a $2,000 prize given to three graduate students to recognize outstanding research that is substantially in progress.

A citizen of the Cherokee Nation and a PhD candidate in the English department and Indigenous Studies Graduate Portfolio, Kirby's research interests include indigenous critical theory, postcolonial theory, indigenous nationalism and decolonization studies, and 19th and 20th century American Indian and ethnic American literatures.  His dissertation, "Stoking the Fire: Nationhood in Early Twentieth Century Cherokee Writing," examines how Cherokee writers variously imagined, performed, and inscribed Cherokee nationhood following the dissolution of the Cherokee Nation attending Oklahoma statehood in 1907.

In addition to the Mitchell Award for Graduate Research Excellence, this spring Kirby was awarded the 2010-2011 Ransom Center Dissertation Fellowship and was named an alternate for the Ford Dissertation Fellowship. Professionally, Kirby has served as assistant production editor for SAIL (2008, 2010), as research assistant for The Norton Anthology of American Literature, 1865-1915 (2006), and as volunteer on the committee for graduate issues for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.  In addition to his academic service, Kirby also serves as co-director of University relations for the Longhorn American Indian Council, as an elected board member for Great Promise for American Indians here in Austin, and as volunteer inclusion coordinator for the Austin Powwow.

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