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 as well as creative non-fiction. Recent publications include “Lee Daniels’ The Butler: Overcoming the Transgressions of Precious and Negotiating the Double Bind,” and “Documenting Oral History and Lessons in Truth Telling in in Nadia McLaren’s Muffins for Granny and Tim Wolochatiuk’s We Were Children.” My current project on Amish Studies began with an interview with Ira Wagler on his memoir Growing Up Amish in 2012 and blossomed into an interdisciplinary conference at Leuphana in July 2015. The conference proceedings, The Plain People: Contemporary Perspectives and Future Prospects, were published in 2017 and include my own contribution entitled, “Towards ‘New Memoir:’ Ira Wagler’s Ex-Amish Life Narrative Growing Up Amish.”
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.