Scott Lauria Morgensen


Brief Biography

As an ethnographer and historian of social movement, Scott L. Morgensen examines how political communities struggle over differences, challenge or reproduce oppressions, and confront solidarity and alliance. His past and present research examine how racism and settler colonialism shape queer / trans communities in North America (see SSHRC grant, below). At once, his theoretical writings examine Indigenous solidarity and the comparative analysis of settler colonialisms, with notable emphases in critical race theory, the critique of white supremacy, and the study of multiracial alliance work for decolonizing settler states. An interdisciplinary scholar trained in feminist studies (PhD 2001 Anthropology [Women’s Studies], University of California, Santa Cruz), Morgensen engages the theories and methods of Indigenous, women of colour, and transnational feminisms in his work, and he holds his students responsible to these movements’ intellectual leadership.

Morgensen is coordinating a SSRHC research project (2012-16) that will document knowledges of and responses to racism and settler colonialism in Canadian queer / trans politics. Graduate students seeking opportunities in this research area may inquire for more information.

Morgensen’s first book, Spaces between Us: Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2011, and won the 2012 Ruth Benedict Book Prize “Honorable Mention” from the Association for Queer Anthropology. He is co-editor of the collection Queer Indigenous Studies, and of “Karangatia: Calling Out Gender and Sexuality in Settler Societies,” a special issue of Settler Colonial Studies.

Morgensen is co-editor of Journal of Critical Race Inquiry.  

GNDS 320 Winter 2014 Syllabus

GNDS 821 Winter 2014 Syllabus

Recent Publications


Spaces between Us: Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press (2011).

Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics, and Literature. Qwo-Li Driskill, Chris Finley, Brian Joseph Gilley, Scott Lauria Morgensen, Ed. Tucson: University of Arizona Press (2011).

Guest-Edited Journal Issue

“Karangatia: Calling Out Gender and Sexuality in Settler Societies.” Michelle Erai and Scott L. Morgensen, ed. Settler Colonial Studies 2:2 (2012).

Articles and Chapters

Destabilizing the Settler Academy: The Decolonial Effects of Indigenous Methodologies. American Quarterly 64(4): 805-8 (2012).

Identity (Politics). Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies. Catherine Orr, Ann Braithwaite, Diane Lichtenstein ed. New York: Routledge (2012).

Queer Settler Colonialism in Canada and Israel: Articulating Two-Spirit and Palestinian Queer Critiques. Settler Colonial Studies 2(2): 167-190 (2012).

Theorizing Gender, Sexuality, and Settler Colonialism: An Introduction. Settler Colonial Studies 2(2): 2-22 (2012).

Activist Media in Indigenous AIDS Organizing: Theorizing the Colonial Conditions of AIDS. Comparative Indigeneities in the Americas. Bianet Castellanos, Lourdes Gutierrez, Arturo Aldama, ed. Tucson: University of Arizona Press (2012).

The Biopolitics of Settler Colonialism: Right Here, Right Now. Settler Colonial Studies 1(1): 52-76 (2011).

Unsettling Queer Politics: What Can Non-Natives Learn from Two-Spirit Organizing? Queer Indigenous Studies. Q. Driskill et al, ed. Tucson: University of Arizona Press (2011).

Introduction (with Qwo-Li Driskill, Chris Finley, and Brian Joseph Gilley). Queer Indigenous Studies. Q. Driskill et al, ed. Tucson: University of Arizona Press (2011).

The Revolution is for Everyone: Imagining an Emancipatory Future through Queer Indigenous Critical Theories (with Qwo-Li Driskill, Chris Finley, and Brian Joseph Gilley). Queer Indigenous Studies. Q. Driskill et al, ed. Tucson: University of Arizona Press (2011).

Settler Homonationalism: Theorizing Settler Colonialism within Queer Modernities. Special Issue: “Sexuality, Nationality, Indigeneity,” Daniel Heath Justice, Mark Rifkin, Bethany Schneider, ed. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 16 (1-2): 105-131 (2010).

Indigenous AIDS Organizing and the Anthropology of Activist Knowledge. Special Issue: “Practice What You Teach: Activist Anthropology at Sites of Cross-Talk and Cross-Fire,” Anna L. Anderson-Lazo, ed. New Proposals 2(2): 45-60 (2009).

Arrival at Home: Radical Faerie Configurations of Sexuality and Place. GLQ 15(1): 67-96 (2009).

Back and Forth to the Land: Negotiating Rural and Urban Sexuality Among the Radical Faeries. Out in Public: Reinventing Lesbian/Gay Anthropology in a Globalizing World. Ellen Lewin, William L. Leap, ed. Malden, MA: Blackwell Press, pp. 143-163 (2009).

Non-Refereed Articles

Response. “Author Meets Interlocutors: Spaces between Us.” Gender, Place, and Culture 19(5): 695-698 (2012).

Unsettling Settler Desires. Unsettling Ourselves: Reflections and Resources for Deconstructing Colonial Mentality. Unsettling Minnesota Collective, ed. Minneapolis, pp. 156-157 (2009).

Book Reviews

Sovereignty, the Queer Condition. Review: When Did Indians Become Straight?: Kinship, the History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty, Mark Rifkin. London: Oxford University Press, 2011. GLQ 18:2-3, 416-8 (2012).

Review: Making Space for Indigenous Feminism, Joyce Green, ed. (Zed, 2007); Native Americans and the Christian Right, Andrea Smith (Duke, 2008); Native Men Remade, Ty P. Kawika Tengan (Duke, 2008); Mapping the Americas, Shari Huhndorf (Cornell, 2009). Signs 36(3): 766-776 (2011).

Ethnography’s Queer Timing. Review: A Coincidence of Desires: Anthropology, Queer Studies, Indonesia. Tom Boellstorff, Durham: Duke University Press. 2007. GLQ, 14:4, 663-666 (2008).

Review: Becoming Two-Spirit: Gay Identity and Social Acceptance in Indian Country, Brian Joseph Gilley, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. 2006. American Ethnologist 35(2): 2077-2080 (2008).

Forthcoming in 2013:

The Representability and Responsibility of Cisgender Queer Men in Women’s Studies. Special Issue: “Men and Masculinities in Women’s Studies,” Daniel Farr, ed. Women’s Studies: An International Journal.

Response: Fearlessly Engaging Complicity. Feminist Activist Ethnography: Counterpoints to Neoliberalism in North America, Christa Craven and Dána-Ain Davis, eds. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.