Deanna Reder

Associate Professor and Department Chair

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Room: SWH 9091


  • 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 First Nations Studies and the Department of English at  Simon Fraser University. She is the current Chair of First Nations Studies (2017-2020),  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, 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 is a founding member of the Indigenous Literary Studies Association (ILSA) and served on the ILSA council from 2015-2018 (see; currently she is co-chair, with Dr. Sam McKegney from Queen’s University, of the Indigenous Voices Awards. (see 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. 

  • Invited Presentations

Feb 6, 2020 — “The Obligations of Stories: Missing Jim Brady and Abbie Halkett” President Faculty Lecture Series, Vancouver

  • Serving on a Committee of a Thesis/Dissertation/or Major Project

PhD: Abel, Jordan (Nisga’a),   NISHGA  (defended 8 March 2019); co-supervisors Sophie McCall, Steve Collis, with other committee member David Chariandy

MA Completed: Taylor, Rachel (Iñupiaq). “Gathering Knowledges to Inform Best Practices in Indigenous Publishing” (2019)

  • Graduate Supervision Outside SFU (incl. External Examinations)

External Reviewer for:

PhD Thesis: Anderson, Alysson (Métis). “Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves: the Contrapuntal Rantings of Halfbreed Girl”; Dept. of Native Studies, University of Manitoba, April 2019

MFA Thesis: McLean, Julianna Dunn (Cree). “otênawi-têwêhikan (Urban Drum)”; Dept. of English, University of Saskatchewan, September 4, 2018

PhD Thesis: Couture-Grondin, Elise. “Literary Relationships: Settler Feminist Readings of Vision and Justice in Indigenous Women’s First Person Narratives”; Dept. of Comparative Literature, University of Toronto, Ontario. June 20, 2018