In addition to numerous publications on Native issues, I have recently branched out into the fields of animal ethics and Critical Animal Studies. The following forthcoming articles are evidence of my latest passion: “A Whale of a Problem: Indigenous Tradition vs. Ecological Taboo,” “‘Their deaths are not elegant’: Animals in Margaret Atwood’s Writings,” and “From Within Fur and Feathers: Animals in Native Life and Literature.” My other fields of teaching and research include creative writing, Canadian Studies, and environmental literature. Writing creative non-fiction for the American Studies Journal blog will be a new challenge which I embrace wholeheartedly.
My teaching and research interests encompass German American history and culture, North American ethnic literatures and film as well as creative non-fiction. Recent publications include “Lee Daniels’ The Butler: Overcoming the Transgressions of Precious and Negotiating the Double Blind,” and “Documenting Oral History and Lessons in Truth Telling in Nadia McLaren’s Muffins for Granny and Tim Wolochatiuk’s We Were Children.”
My current project on Jewish American Studies began with Film Director Ethan Bensinger’s visit to Leuphana University in 2015. Upcoming articles include an entry on Bernard Malamud in The Handbook of the American Short Story (De Gruyter Press) and an article entitled, “The ‘Games’ People Play: The Dangers of Holocaust Simulations and Thought Experiments in Nathan Englander’s and Ellen Umansky’s Short Stories and Beyond.”
Joining the editorial team of the American Studies Blog has helped me to further explore the possibilities of life writing, not only as an academic but also as an avid blogger. When I am not teaching, doing research, writing blogs, or visiting my family and friends in Iowa, I can be found on Twitter. Follow me @srvoelz.
The blog editors are members of the Institute of English Studies and of the Zentraleinrichtung Moderne Sprachen (ZeMoS) at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany.