Eli Nelson

Eli Nelson

Assistant Professor of American Studies

Schapiro Hall Rm 104





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.


B.A. Shimer College, Natural Sciences (2012)
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

Scholarship/Creative Work


Professional Affiliations

Current Committees

  • Committee on Educational Affairs

  • Science and Technology Studies Advisory Board