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Lisa King

Lisa King

Lisa 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 JACPedagogyCollege LiteratureStudies 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.


  • B.A., Missouri Southern State University
  • Ph.D. & M.A., University of Kansas



Book Chapters

  • “Meaning in the Growing, the Harvest, the Weaving, the Making: Indigenous Technologies at    Plimoth Plantation’s Wampanoag Homesite.” In Mediating Nature: The Role of Technology in Ecological Literacy, eds. Sidney I. Dobrin and Sean Morey. NY: Routledge, 2019. 109-128.
  • “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 Native American Rhetoric, ed. by Lawrence W. Gross. New Mexico Historical Review. Forthcoming.
  • Review Essay of You Better Go See Geri: An Odawa Elder’s Life of Recovery and Resilience, by Frances “Geri” Roossien and Andrea Riley Mukavetz. Journal for the History of Rhetoric. Forthcoming Fall 2022.
  • Review Essay of Blood Brothers and Peace Pipes: Performing the Wild West in German Festivals, by A. Dana Weber. German Studies Review 43.3 (October 2020): 646-649.
  • Review Essay of The Turtle’s Beating Heart: One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival, by Denise Low. Western American Literature 54.2 (Summer 2019): 222-225.
  • Review Essay of Back to the Blanket: Recovered Rhetorics and Literacies in American Indian Studies, by Kimberly G. Wieser. Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 41.3 (Summer 2018): 712-717.
  • Review Essay of Native America and the Question of Genocide, by Alex Alvarez. Journal of Hate Studies 13.1 (2015-2016): 195-198.
  • Review Essay of The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism, by Jodi A. Byrd. American Indian Quarterly 37.1-2 (2013): 275-8.

Professional Service

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

Awards, Honors & Grants

  • Lindsay Young Professorship, 2022-2023
  • Henry Luce Foundation Grant, in support of “A Sense of Indigenous Place” Exhibition. Henry Luce Foundation. Submitted with McClung Museum, University of Tennessee-Knoxville. 2022. ($300,000)
  • University of Tennessee Humanities Center Digital Humanities Fellowship, awarded for Spring 2023.
  • UTK Graduate Students in English, “Best Faculty Mentor (in Classroom),” 2022.
  • UTK Graduate Students in English, “Best Faculty Mentor (in Classroom),” 2019.
  • Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award, University of Tennessee, 2019.
  • CCCC Outstanding Book Award, Edited Collection, Honorable Mention for Survivance,           Sovereignty, and Story: Teaching American Indian Rhetorics, 2017.
  • 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.