Joy Porter

Professor of Indigenous & Environmental History

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Faculty of Arts, Cultures & Education

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Specialities: Indigenous Environmentalism, Conservation & Development, Global Environmental Politics, Political Ecology, Trauma Studies, Decolonization, Heritage, Museum & Archive Studies.

JOY PORTER is Leverhulme Major Research Fellow, 2019-2023, and is Co-Principal Investigator of the Treatied Spaces Research Group and Professor of Environmental & Indigenous History at the University of Hull. She is PI for the AHRC Standard Research Grant “Brightening the Covenant Chain: Revealing Cultures of Diplomacy Between the Iroquois and the British Crown” (2021-2024) and PI Host for the 2019-2024 British Academy Global Professor, Gregory Smithers, who is completing the project “Native Ecologies”.

Joy also convenes the “Living With/Out Water” cluster within the Leverhulme Doctoral Centre for Water Cultures at UoH and is Lead Academic Supervisor for two AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards on decolonisation themes. The first CDA is a collaboration with the British Library on Indigenous languages, the second a collaboration with English Heritage and Historic England that explores the Indigenous presence in surprising places- Historic Houses.

Joy’s latest book is Trauma, Primitivism and the First World War: The Making of Frank Prewett (Bloomsbury, 2021). Her next is Canada’s Green Challenge, under contract with McGill University Press for 2023. She has over 38 publications, including 4 research monographs and three other books.

Alongside Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes), California State University and Dr Clint Carroll (Cherokee), University of Colorado, Joy is Lead Editor of the Cambridge University Press book series, Elements in Indigenous Environmental Research.

Joy is a member of the AHRC Strategic Review College and reviews for Fulbright, AHRC, NERC and Leverhulme. She is External Examiner for BA History, University of Bristol, 2021-24 and for the University of Bristol “Environmental Suatainability” Summer School. She served on the REF 2020 Sub-Panel (History) and as a REF 2020 Interdisciplinary Advisor.

Joy has delivered keynotes and invited lectures across Europe and North America, including at the University of Geneva, Westpoint, Yale University, University College Dublin and Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work has benefited from a series of awards (Leverhulme Major Fellowship & Fellowship, AHRC Fellowship, British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, British Association of Canadian Studies Award, Association of Canadian Studies in the U.S. Award, Canadian Government Research Award).
Joy was a 2016 Fulbright All-Disciplines Visiting Scholar within the Department of Native Studies at Dartmouth, New Hampshire and has held Visiting Professorships at the University of Paris, Diderot at The Clinton Institute, Dublin. She gained her PhD and MA from the University of Nottingham (1990, 1994). She was Associate Dean and Senior Lecturer for the College of Arts & Humanities, Swansea University, UK., 2004-2012, and Senior Lecturer in American History at Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge, 1992-2004.

Joy’s long-term commitment to supporting the needs of students from diverse educational backgrounds was recognised in 2018 by the award of a National Teaching Fellowship, and in 2014, by Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.


PhD, Nottingham University, 1994.
Masters, Nottingham University, 1990.

Approach: Interdisciplinary, Student centred, Research-led, Applied to Global Challenges

2018 National Teaching Fellow

2014 Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

“Treatied Space: North American Indigenous Treaties in a Global Context” in Anne McGrath & L. Russell eds., Companion to Indigenous Global History, New York: Routledge, 2021

Trauma, Primitivism and the First World War: The Making of Frank Prewett ISBN: HB: 978-1-3501-9972-9e; eBook: 978-1-3501-9974-3, 6 May 2021.
Profiled: The Observer, The Fulbrighter British Library Eccles Centre Book Launch

British Library Pamphlet The 14th Eccles Centre for Canadian  Studies Plenary Lecture , “Who Fights for Canada as the Climate Changes?” delivered at the British Association of Canadian Studies Annual Conference, 2019, London: British Library, published 2020.

“Horror and Aspects of Native American Indian Literature”, in K. Costorphine & L. Kremmel, The Handbook to Horror Literature The Handbook to Horror Literature. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, pp. 45-60.

Canada’s Green Challenge, McGill University Press, under contract, 2023.
An interdisciplinary analysis of the challenge facing Canada as a mining economy confronting unprecedented environmental threat and technological change.

What Would Nixon Do? : The Forgotten Republican Roots of American Environmentalism, University of Nebraska Press, 2023, under contract. 

Impact, Knowledge Exchange and Engagement
Director’s Seminar UCL Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP): “Indigenous Environmental History and Its Relevance to Future Prosperity
Date: Thursday 10 March 2022
Time: 4:30-6pm UKT
Mode: Hybrid (In person & online)
Speaker: Prof. Joy Porter

Plenary Lecture: “Into the Wild: Indigenous American Futures”. Annual Conference of the Irish Association For American Studies: IAAS “American Gone Wild” Conference, Dublin City University.
Speaker: Professor Joy Porter
Date: 29-30 April, 2022.
Recorded e-learning Interview on “Indigenous Leadership” for NHS Higher Specialty Scientist Trainees Programme, Manchester Alliance Business School, Dec. 2021.
During 2023, Joy will be leading on a range of KE work helping to develop UK Exam Board and publishers’ materials so that they more accurately reflect contemporary awareness of diverse Indigenous histories.

Lead Editor, Cambridge University Press Series, Elements in Indigenous Environmental Research, 2021 – with Dr Clint Carroll (Cherokee), University of Colorado and Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Coville Confederated Tribes), California State University.

Professional Activities/Service/Memberships, and Honours
2017-2022        U.K. Research Excellence Framework 2020 History Sub-Panel Full Member: Assessment, Impact, Environment.

2017-2022        U.K. Research Excellence Framework 2020 Interdisciplinary Panel Member.

2017-               Member, AHRC Strategic Review Panel

2017-               Member, AHRC Peer Review Panel (History, Thought & Culture)

2016-               Ambassador, Interview Panel Member & ECR Mentor, Fulbright United States-United Kingdom Educational Commission

2014-2024        External Examiner, University of Bristol, Department of History.

Book Prizes
2006 Writer of the Year Award, Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers, for Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature, Cambridge University Press

2002 Outstanding Academic Title Award, American Library Association’s Choice Magazine, for To Be Indian: The Life of Iroquois-Seneca Arthur Caswell Parker, Foreword W. N. Fenton, The University of Oklahoma Press, 2001.

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