Appointed to the faculty in 2000, Senier focuses on Native American literature, women's studies, sustainability and environmental studies, disability studies, and digital humanities. Her books include “Dawnland Voices: An Anthology of Indigenous Writing from New England” (University of Nebraska Press, 2014), which serves as a model for community-responsive scholarship and establishes Senier as one of the most authoritative scholars on Northeast Indigenous writing. The book’s innovative digital companion, dawnlandvoices.org, is both a literary magazine and an archive of Native American literature from New England.
“Professor Senier’s scholarship reflects a passionate commitment to and advocacy for regional Indigenous communities,” says Michele Dillon, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts.
Senier is currently finishing “Sovereignty and Sustainability: Indigenous New England Literary Stewardship in the 20th and 21st Centuries,” to be published by University of Nebraska Press, a book that unites Indigenous studies with ecocriticism and sustainability.
In the classroom, Senier is extremely skilled, teaching a wide range of courses. Students routinely praise the passion, knowledge, and skill that produce “unforgettable class discussions.” Expressing respect and admiration, they say she is a role model, not only as a teacher and scholar, but also as a person.
Senier will deliver the annual Lindberg Lecture later this year.