Joyce Rain Anderson, PhD

Associate Professor of English; U.S. Ethnic and Indigenous Studies for the Pine Ridge Initiative at BSU; Community Healthcare Advocate

JOYCE RAIN ANDERSON is Associate Professor of English at Bridgewater State University ; there she teaches first year writing, upper-level courses, and graduate courses. She has also developed courses in Cultural Rhetorics, Native Women Writers, Native Writing and Rhetorics, New Media Rhetorics and Writing, and is currently developing Global Indigenous Literatures and Writing. Formerly as Faculty Associate to the Office of Institutional Diversity she coordinated the Power and Privilege Dialogue Series, facilitated the Teacher-Scholar Institute, and chaired the Diversity and Inclusion Resource Initiative. Currently, she is the Faculty Associate for the Pine Ridge Partnership where she works with Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge South Dakota. Since 2010, she has also been the coordinator of Ethnic and Indigenous Studies; she brought the annual powwow to BSU and organizes several campus events. She participates in the WAC Members Network and is part of the Faculty Development Leadership Group. In 2013, she was awarded BSU President’s Award for Diversity and Social Justice. She is the recipient of the 2015-16 BSU Presidential Fellowship and her project is “Strengthening Our Indigenous Partnerships.”

Joyce received her BA and MA from the University of Massachusetts Boston and her Ph.D. in 2005 from the University of New Hampshire.

As Sassafras, she and her Indigneous sisters give presentations on Native (hi)stories, cultures, and material rhetorics, including art and dance. She is a member of Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA). In addition, she serves on the advisory council for the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness (MCNAA). Currently, she also serves as President of the Board of Trustees for the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center (BNHC), a board she has served on since 1998.

Joyce’s current scholarship examines visual and written representations of Metacom, the material rhetoric of Wampanoag pottery, and Indigenous Rhetorical Bodies. Her co-edited collection, Survivance, Sovereignty, and Story: Teaching Indigenous Rhetorics was released in November 2015 from Utah State University Press. Her forthcoming chapter, “Joining the Round Dance: Indigenous Bodies of Protest” in Unruly Rhetorics, examines the Idle No More movement to bring attention to environmental concerns and the missing and murdered Native women.