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Graduate Faculty

Lisa KingLisa King

Associate Professor

317 McClung Tower
Phone: (865) 974-6941
Fax: (865) 974-6926


Lisa King’s research and teaching interests are interdisciplinary, and include cultural rhetorics with an emphasis in contemporary Native American and Indigenous rhetorics, visual rhetorics, and material rhetorics. More specifically, her focus rests on the rhetorics of cross-cultural sites such as Indigenous museums and cultural centers, and theorizing cross-cultural pedagogy through the teaching of Indigenous texts in rhetoric and composition classrooms. Her scholarship has appeared in journals such as JAC, Pedagogy, College Literature, Studies in American Indian Literatures, and American Indian Quarterly. Currently, her work continues to explore the rhetorical practices that surround and produce public representations of Indigenous peoples within the United States in museum and performance spaces, while expanding to work with contemporary German and European representations of American Indians and those representations’ rhetorical and cultural impact


  • BA, Missouri Southern State University
  • PhD & MA, University of Kansas



Book Chapters

  • “Introduction: Careful With the Stories We Tell: Naming Survivance, Sovereignty, and Story”. Introduction for Survivance, Sovereignty, and Story: Teaching American Indian Rhetorics. 3-16. (With Rose Gubele and Joyce Rain Anderson)
  • “Sovereignty, Rhetorical Sovereignty, and Representation: Keywords = for Teaching ‘Indigenous’ Texts.” Book Chapter for Survivance, Sovereignty, and Story: Teaching American Indian Rhetorics. 17-34.
  • “The Story that Follows: An Epilogue in Three Parts.” Book Chapter for Survivance, Sovereignty, and Story: Teaching American Indian Rhetorics. 210-216. (With Rose Gubele and Joyce Rain Anderson)
  • “Sovereignty Out From Under Glass: Native Hawaiian Rhetorics at the= Bishop Museum.” In Huihui: Navigating Art and Literature in the Pacific. Eds. Jeffrey Carroll, Brandy Nālani McDougall, and Georgeanne Nordstrom. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai’i Press, 2015. 125-143.

Representative Articles

  • “Revisiting Winnetou: The Karl May Museum, Cultural Appropriation, and Indigenous Self- Representation.” Studies in American Indian Literatures 28.2 (Summer 2016). 25-55.
  • “Competition, Complicity, and (Potential) Alliance: Native Hawaiian= and Asian Immigrant Narratives at the Bishop Museum.” Native/Asian Encounters Special Issue, College Literature 41.1 (Winter 2014): 43-65.
  • “Rhetorics in a Museum Space: Connecting Exhibit Spaces, Contexts, and Audiences.” Response essay for JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, and Politics 33.3-4 (Summer/Fall 2013): 671-688.
  • “Sovereignty Out From Under Glass: Native Hawaiian Rhetorics at the Bishop Museum.” Book chapter for Huihui: Rhetorics and Aesthetics of the Pacific. Eds. Jeffrey Carroll, Brandy N?lani McDougall, and Georganne Nordstrom. (Forthcoming from University of Hawai’i Press, 2013.)
  • “Rhetorical Sovereignty and Rhetorical Alliance in the Classroom: Using American Indian Texts.” Pedagogy. 12.2 (Spring 2012): 209-233.
  • “Speaking Sovereignty and Communicating Change: Rhetorical Sovereignty and the Inaugural Exhibits at the NMAI.” American Indian Quarterly Journal 35.1 (Winter 2011): 75-103.

Book Reviews

  • Review Essay of The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism, by Jodi A. Byrd. American Indian Quarterly. (Forthcoming.)

Professional Service

  • Faculty Co-Sponsor, UT Native American Student Association
  • Co-Chair, American Indian Caucus, Conference on College Composition and Communication

Awards, Honors & Grants

  • Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award, University of Tennessee, 2019.
  • Hodges Excellence in Teaching Award for Assistant Professors, University of Tennessee, 2014.
  • Nomination for the Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Tennessee, 2014.