- Ph.D. , Department of English, University of British Columbia, 2007. Dissertation: Âcimisowin as Theoretical Practice: Autobiography as Indigenous Intellectual Tradition in Canada
- M.A. Department of English, York University, 1994
Deanna Reder (Cree-Métis) is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Indigenous Studies and the Department of English at Simon Fraser University. She is the current Chair of Indigenous Studies (2017-2022), and the past Director of the Masters of Arts for Teachers of English (MATE) program (2016-18). She teaches courses in Indigenous popular fiction and Canadian Indigenous literatures, especially autobiography. She is Principal Investigator of the project called "The People and the Text: Indigenous Writing in Northern North America up to 1992." See www.thepeopleandthetext.ca. She is a founding member of the Indigenous Literary Studies Association (ILSA) (see indigenousliterarystudies.org) and recently helped found the Indigenous Editors Association (see www.indigenouseditorsassociation.ca ); currently she is co-chair, with Drs. Sophie McCall and Sarah Henzi, of the Indigenous Voices Awards. (see indigenousvoicesawards.org) She also is the Series Editor for the Indigenous Studies Series at Wilfrid Laurier University Press. In Fall 2018 she was inducted into the College of New Scholars, Artist, & Scientists in the Royal Society of Canada.