Dr. Christopher B. Teuton joined the faculty of UW in 2014 as Professor and Chair of AIS. He is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Before coming to UW, Teuton was on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Teuton’s scholarship is in the forefront of developing Indigenous research methodologies within the study of Indigenous literature. Grounding his critical approach in the concept of praxis, a mutual commitment to theory and practice, Teuton’s work engages decolonization through centering Indigenous knowledge systems in the study of Indigenous textuality, cultural practice, politics, and history. He has lectured nationally and internationally as a guest of the University of Sydney, University of Toronto, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Oklahoma, University of Manitoba, and Monash University. Teuton has worked as a consultant with the Cherokee Nation to create a Cherokee Nation K-12 educational curriculum. He is a former Katrin H. Lamon Fellow at the School for Advanced Research on the Human Experience in Santa Fe, New Mexico (2009-10).
Dr. Teuton’s most recent book is Cherokee Stories of the Turtle Island Liars’ Club (University of North Carolina Press, 2012), a collection of forty interwoven stories, conversations and teachings about Western Cherokee life, beliefs, and the art of storytelling. Written collaboratively with Elders and traditionalists Hastings Shade, Sammy Still, Sequoyah Guess, and Woody Hansen, Cherokee Stories of the Turtle Island Liars' Club was presented with an American Book Award in 2013. Teuton is also author of Deep Waters: the Textual Continuum in American Indian Literature (University of Nebraska Press, 2010) as well as co-editor and co-author of Reasoning Together: the Native Critics Collective (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008). In 2011, Reasoning Together was voted one of the ten most influential books of the first ten years of the twenty-first century in Native American and Indigenous Studies by the members of NAISA.
Teuton’s present book-length project offers a model for understanding the evolving narrative patterns that chart the movements of characters and plots in Indigenous literature. It builds on his recent article, “The Cycle of Removal and Return: A Symbolic Geography of Indigenous Literature.”
- Teuton, Christopher B. “Indigenous Orality and Oral Literatures.” Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literatures, James H. Cox and Daniel Heath Justice, eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2014
- Teuton, Christopher B. Cherokee Stories of the Turtle Island Liars’ Club. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012. 253 pages.
- Teuton, Christopher B. “Indigenous Textuality Studies and Cherokee Traditionalism: Notes Toward a Gagoga Rhetoric,” Textual Cultures, Indiana University Press, Volume 6, Number 2 (2011): 133-141.
- Teuton, Christopher B. Deep Waters: the Textual Continuum in American Indian Literature.Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2010. 245 pages.
- Teuton, Christopher B. “The Cycle of Removal and Return: A Symbolic Geography of Indigenous Literature.” Canadian Journal of Native Studies. Special Issue: What We Do, What We Are: Responsible, Ethical, and Indigenous-Centered Literary Criticisms. 29.1 & 2 (2009): 45- 64.
- Teuton, Christopher B. “Theorizing American Indian Literature: Applying Oral Concepts to Written Traditions.” In Reasoning Together: the Native Critics Collective, Co-edited by Dr. Daniel Justice, Dr. Christopher B. Teuton, and Dr. Craig Womack. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008. 193-215.
- Daniel Heath Justice, Christopher B. Teuton, and Craig S. Womack, eds. Reasoning Together: the Native Critics Collective. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008. 451 pages.
- Teuton, Christopher B. “Conceptualizing American Indian Literary Theory Today,” 30th Anniversary Special Edition of SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literature, University of Nebraska Press, Volume 19, Number 4, Winter 2007. 175-183.
- Teuton, Christopher B. “Interpreting Our World: Authority and the Written Word in Robert J. Conley’s Real People Series,” Mfs: Modern Fiction Studies, Johns Hopkins University Press, Volume 53, Number 3. 544-568.
- AIS Featured in the Daily - February 22, 2018
- History Channel Interviews AIS Faculty Christopher Teuton and Stephanie Fryberg - October 3, 2017
- UW Today on Indigenous faculty and scholarship - March 9, 2016
- AIS in Viewpoint Magazine - September 23, 2015
- AIS Welcomes New Faculty - December 19, 2014