Assistant Professor of American Studies
Eli Nelson (Mohawk) teaches in the American Studies and Science and Technology Studies Programs. He is the Director of Research at the Center for Black, Brown, and Queer Studies. His current book manuscript, Sovereign Knowledge: Ambivalence, Legibility, and Native Science in the Red Progressive Era, traces the history of what we have come to call Native science in the epistemological constructions of Indigenous subjects and objects under U.S. settler scientific regimes and transitioning Indigenous political formations in the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to the history of Native science, Nelson works on Indigenous affect, science fiction and futurism, and gender and sexuality.
M.A. Harvard University, History of Science (2013)
Ph.D. Harvard University, History of Science (2018)
Areas of Expertise
Native American and Indigenous studies; critical Indigenous theory; Native science; settler science; Indigenous science fiction; Indigenous futurism; Black, Brown, and Queer theory; Indigenous affect; history of anthropology; history of ecology; science and religion
AMST 142 / STS 142 TUTAlterNatives: Indigenous Futurism and Science Fiction (not offered 2021/22)
AMST 146 SEMIntroduction to Native American and Indigenous Studies (not offered 2021/22)
AMST 353 / STS 353(S) SEMIs Science Native to Turtle Island? The History of Native Science in North America
AMST 405 SEMCritical Indigenous Theory (not offered 2021/22)
Asher, Kiran, Mel Y. Chen, Kareem Khubchandani, Eli Nelson, and Banu Subramaniam. “Cyborgs Unbound: Feminist STS, Interdisicplinarity, and Graduate Education.” Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience (2021) 7 (1): 1–34.
- “Native American Doctor: Or, How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Prior.” Cosmologics (2020) Black/Brown/Queer Geographies and Temporalities.
- “Canoes in Space,” in Shireen Hamza (producer), Ventricles Podcast (2018), Season 1, Ep. 5.
- “Walking to the Future in the Steps of our Ancestors”: Haudenosaunee Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Queer Time in the Climate Change Era.” New Geographies 09: Posthuman (2017): 133–38.
- Board-member and Director of Research, The Center for Black, Brown, and Queer Studies
- Committee on Educational Affairs
Science and Technology Studies Advisory Board