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Dr. Jessica Bardill

Assistant Professor, English

Office: S-LB 674-03 
J.W. McConnell Building,
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2345


Ph. D.             Duke University, Department of English,Durham, NC

Dissertation: Beyond Blood and Belonging: Alternarratives for a Global Citizenry explores a narrative that uses blood to create identity in how it influences legislation, science, and belonging, particularly in the forms of blood quantum requirements and DNA testing.  I also posit alternative narratives in orderto understand identity and belonging within a global society.


Committee: Profs. Priscilla Wald (director), Sharon Holland, Dominika Baran, Tol Foster (UNC), and Charmaine Royal (IGSP).


B.A./B.S.        Emory University, English, with High Honors, and Biology

Honors Thesis: The Influence of the New Tongue: History, Identity, and Local-ity in the Pidgin Literature of Hawai’i.  Prof. Deepika Bahri, advisor. 

Postdoctoral Work

Stanford University, Stanford,CA                                                                 

Lecturer, Thinking Matters Program, Stanford Introductory Studies

Teaching Fellow, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, Stanford Medical Center


University of Illinois,Urbana-Champaign

Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in American Indian Studies                                

Teaching activities

Courses Taught at Concordia

ENGL 377 - Contemporary Canadian Fiction (Fall 2017)

Previous Courses Taught

Graduate Courses:

Intersectionality and Identity in Literature

Studies in Native American Literature

Studies in World Indigenous Literatures                                            

Undergraduate Courses:

Embodied and Indigenous Knowledges

Genes, Germs, and Nuclear War (Honors CollegeSeminar)  

Introduction to Ethnic Studies                                                           

Science, Literature, and Society                                             

Native American Literature                

Introduction to College Writing                                             

Appreciating Literature          


Selected Publications

“Ancestors and Identities: DNA,Genealogy, and Stories”, chapter in Handbookof Biology and Society. Maurizio Meloni, John Cromby, Des Fitzgerald, andStephanie Lloyd, editors. Palgrave Macmillan, anticipated publication Fall2017.


 “New Words and Old Stories: IndigenousTeachings in Health Care and Bioethics”, Open Peer Commentary with Nanibaa’Garrison, American Journal of Bioethics(AJOB). Vol. 16, Issue 5 (May 2016), pp. 50-52.


 “Naming Indigenous Concerns, FramingConsiderations for Stored Biospecimens”, Open Peer Commentary with Nanibaa’Garrison in American Journal of Bioethics(AJOB). Vol. 15, Issue 9 (August 2015). pp.73-5.


 “Genetic Ancestry Testing,” in International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition.  Co-authored with Nanibaa’ A. Garrison.Graciela Cabana, sectioned. 2015.



 “Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications(ELSI) of Native American DNA” in AnnualReview of Anthropology, Volume 43, September 2014. pp. 155-166.


“Identity as Socially Constructed:An Objection to Individual Change” in AmericanJournal of Bioethics: Neuroscience, Open Peer Commentary, Issue 5, Vol. 1.,January 2014,

pp. 19-20.


American Indian & AlaskaNatives Genetics Resource Center, National Congress of American Indians (NCAI),launched June 2012.


“Limited Uses of Genetic Testingfor Tribal Enrollment”;


“Tribal Enrollment and GeneticTesting”;


“Tribal Sovereignty and EnrollmentDeterminations”;


Exhibit Curator andDocumentary Producer


Leaving Home, Building Community:Triad Native American History, Presence, and Continuance.  Co-curated with Nora Dial-Stanley (Lumbee),community engaged research including return of results in the form of a galleryexhibit and a 46-minute documentary film.

    Guilford Native American Art Gallery, Greensboro Cultural Center,Greensboro, NC.

Fall, 2016.


Reviews, Commentaries,and Other Writing


Review essay of Progressive Traditions: Identity in CherokeeLiterature and Culture by Joshua Nelson, Sovereign Stories: Aesthetics, Autonomy, and Native American Writingby Padraig Kirwan, and Settler CommonSense: Queerness and Everyday Colonialism by Mark Rifkin. Submitted to American Literature, Vol. 88, No. 1 (March 2016).


Review of That the Blood Stay Pure: African Americans, Native Americans, and thePredicament of Race and Identity in Virginia in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) Journal, Volume 3,Issue 1, Spring 2016.


Review of Islands of Decolonial Love: Stories and Songs by Leanne Simpson in As/Us: A Space for Women of the World, Issue4, pp. 214-216. Fall 2014.


“How Can Polyamory Teach Us to beBetter Professionals; Or, How I Learned to Love and Be Loved by ManyColleagues”, guest contribution to the Critical Polyamorist blog (


Review of Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of GeneticScience by Kim TallBear in NativeAmerican and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) Journal, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.192-194, Fall 2014.


“Parts, Transmission, and Remains:How Blood Makes and is Made into Life”, review of Blood: The Stuff of Life by Lawrence Hill in American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB), July 2014 ( in print, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp. W1-W2, January 2015.


Review essay of Native Acts: Law, Recognition, and CulturalAuthenticity by Joanne Barker and DomesticSubject: Gender, Citizenship, and Law in Native American Literature by BethPiatote. American Literature, DukeUniversity UP, Spring 2014, pp. 201-203.

Review essay of Spaces Between Us: Queer Settler Colonialismand Indigenous Decolonization, QueerIndigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics, and Literature andSovereign Erotics: A Collection ofTwo-Spirit Literature in make/shift:feminisms in motion, online . Issue 13, Spring/Summer2013.

 “Information and Misinformation Already Had:DNA and Tribal Citizenship.” GeneWatch,Council for Responsible Genetics, Vol. 23, Issue 3 (May-June 2010), pp.8-9, 26.

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