Deanna Reder

Tel: 778.782.8192 • Fax: 778.782.5666 • Email:


Deanna Reder (Cree-Metis) is Associate Professor in the Departments of First Nations Studies and English at Simon Fraser University, where she teaches courses in Indigenous popular fiction, Indigenous perspectives on gender and sexuality, and Canadian Indigenous literatures, especially autobiography.

For the 2016-2018 term she is the MATE Director based at SFU Surrey. She is Principal Investigator, in partnership with co-applicants Dr. Margery Fee and Cherokee scholar Dr. Daniel Heath Justice of the University of British Columbia, on a five-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded project for 2015-2020 called "The People and the Text: Indigenous Writing in Northern North America up to 1992." See

She has recently co-edited an anthology of literary criticism with Dr. Linda Morra (Bishops University) called Learn, Teach, Challenge: Approaching Indigenous Literatures (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016). She is also working with Dr. Sophie McCall (SFU), Dr. David Gaertner and Gabrielle Hill on an anthology suitable for the first year university classroom entitled Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Stories from Turtle Island. She is president-elect of the newly formed Indigenous Literary Studies Association (ILSA) and is the Series Editor for the Indigenous Studies Series at Wilfrid Laurier University Press. See for more information.

Graduate Students


  • Supervisor to PhD Student Natalie Knight, who is Yurok and Navajo, in the Department of English. Currently A.B.D. & writing her dissertation.
  • Supervisor to 3 students from the English MATE program, all of whom have submitted their final papers for their MA in 2016.

            Rebecca Taylor "Decolonizing, Affirming Culture, and Creating Aboriginal Space: Cree Storytelling in Paquette’s Lightfinder"

            Marina Brewer "Weaving Together the Fragments: Lesley Belleau’s Sweat and Indigenous Resurgence"

            Dylan Gant "Inuit Quajimajatuqangit in Ajjiit and Skraelings"

Recent Publications