Kelly Wisecup (Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park) specializes in Native American literature, early American literature, and medicine and literature. Her research studies the ways in which Native American and African-descended people responded to and critiqued Euro-American science in North America and the Caribbean before 1900. She has published essays in Early American Literature, Early American Studies, Atlantic Studies, and Studies in Travel Writing. Her book, Medical Encounters: Knowledge and Identity in Early American Literatures (2013
) explores how medical knowledge served as a form of communication among colonists, Native Americans, and African Americans, and one in which people defined and defended their bodies, their relationship to the environment, and to other than human beings. Her current book project, Assembled Relations: Compilation, Collection, and Native American Writing
, investigates how Native American writers, diplomats, ministers, and tribal leaders adapted forms of compilation and collection—herbals, vocabulary lists, museum inventories, catalogs, and commonplace books—to restore and remake environmental, epistemological, and interpersonal relations disrupted by colonialism.