Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in WGSS; Queer Studies Minors Organizer
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Associate Professor. School of Language, Culture, and Society: Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Director of Graduate Studies; Queer Studies. Graduate Faculty. Affiliate Faculty: Ethnic Studies, Public Policy, Social Justice. September 2016-Present.

Assistant Professor. School of Language, Culture, and Society: Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Director of Graduate Studies; Queer Studies. Graduate Faculty. Affiliate Faculty: Ethnic Studies, Public Policy, Social Justice. August 2012-September 2016.

Assistant Professor. Department of English. Graduate Faculty, Creative Writing Faculty. Affiliate Faculty: Africana Studies, American Studies. Texas A&M University, August 2008-2012.

Adjunct Faculty. Whole Systems Design. Antioch University Seattle, September-December 2006.

Professional Affiliations: 

Conference on College Composition and Communication

National Women's Studies Association

Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa

Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers

Education: 

PhD: Michigan State University

Rhetoric and Writing: Concentration in Cultural Rhetorics.  East Lansing, MI: 2008. Committee: Malea Powell (Chair),

MAAntioch University Seattle

Whole Systems Design: Native Writing, Theater, Story and Resistance. Seattle, WA: 2001.

BA: University of Northern Colorado

Social Transformation and the Arts. (Africana Studies, Women's Studies, Theater). Greeley, CO: 1998.

Service: 

Co-Founder and Member. Indigenous People's Interest Group. National Women's Studies Association. 

Advisory Board/Participating Faculty. Arts & Social Justice Living-Learning Community.

Advisory Council. Eena Haws Native American Longhouse. Oregon State University.

Honors and Awards: 

Lambda Literary Award Finalist.  LGBT Non-Fiction. Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory (University of Arizona 2016). 2017.

Publishing Triangle Award Finalist. Trans and Gender-Variant Literature. Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory (University of Arizona 2016). 2017.

Lambda Book Award Finalist. Bisexual Nonfiction, LGBT Anthology. Sovereign Erotics:  A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature. (Univrsity of Arizona 2011). 2012. 

Independent Publisher Book Awards. Silver Medal. Sovereign Erotics:  A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature. (Univrsity of Arizona 2011). 2012.

Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. Pathfinder Award. Sovereign Erotics:  A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature. (Univrsity of Arizona 2011). 2012

Conference on College Composition and Communication, National Council of Teachers of English. Stonewall Service Award. 2014.

Oregon State University. School of Language, Culture, and Society. Social Justice & Diversity Award. 2013.

Trans 100. 2013.

Pushcart Prize Nominee. 2011, 2012, 2013.

Additional Information: 

Qwo-Li Driskill is a (non-citizen) Cherokee Two-Spirit and Queer writer, activist, and performer also of African, Irish, Lenape, Lumbee, and Osage ascent. S/he is the author of Walking with Ghosts: Poems (Salt Publishing, 2005) and the co-editor of Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature (University of Arizona, 2011) and Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions is Theory, Politics, and Literature (University of Arizona, 2011) Hir book Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory ( University of Arizona 2016) was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in 2017. S/he is the Director of Graduate Studies and the Queer Studies Curriculum Organizer in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University.

Curriculum Vitae: 

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At OSU
Affiliated with: 
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Courses Taught: 

Introduction to Queer Studies (QS/WGSS 262).

Trans/gender Politics (QS/WGSS 374).

Arts & Social Justice (QS/WGSS/ES 375).

Queer of Color Critiques (QS/WGSS/ES 531).

Queer Theories (QS/WGSS/ES 462/562).

Indigenous Queer and Two-Spirit Studies (QS/WGSS/ES 472/572).

Queer & Trans People of Color Arts & Activism. (QS/WGSS/ES 477/577).

Systems of Oppression in Women's Lives. (WGSS 514).

Research/Career Interests: 

Queer Studies, Native American & Indigenous Studies, Performance Studies, Creative Writing: Poetry, Rhetoric & Writing, Cutlural Rhetorics, Disability Studies, Activism

Proceedings and Conference Presentations: 

Opening Roundtable Speaker. Cultural Rhetorics Conference. Michigan State University. East Lansing: October 31, 2014.

Convocation Address. Lavender Graduation. Oregon State University. Corvallis: June 12, 2014.

"Unsettling Queer Rhetorics: Indigenous Challenges to the Field." CCCC Convention: Open Source(s), Access, Futures. Indianapolis: March 19-22, 2014.

Susan B. Anthony Keynote Address. University of Rochester. Rochester, February 28, 2014.

Featured Performer. Shaking Our Shells: Stories from on the Wings of Wadaduga. Morphologies: Queer Performance Festival. Pangea World Theater Indigenous Voices Series. Intermedia Arts: Minneapolis. November 18 & 19, 2012.