Billy J. Stratton

Associate Professor

  • Faculty
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department of English & Literary Arts

What I do

Associate Professor of English and Literary Arts, Special Advisor on Native American Partnerships and Programs.

Professional Biography

Billy J. Stratton is a first generation college graduate who grew up a hop and a skip away from Loretta Lynn's home in the heart of eastern Kentucky. He earned a BA, with honors, from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio, 2002) in English and Philosophy and a Ph.D in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona (2008).
His teaching and research circulates around contemporary Native American and American literature, while also teaching special topics in the areas of ecocriticism, dystopian worlds, posthumanism, and creative writing, as well as literature of the American West and South.
His criticism, fiction, commentary, and editorial work has appeared in numerous books by Routledge, Oxford University Press, and Michigan State University Press, and journals such as Arizona Quarterly, Cream City Review, Salon, The Journal of American Culture, The Independent, Wicazo-Sa Review, Rhizomes, SAIL, Big Muddy, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and TIME. He is the author of Buried in Shades of Night: Contested Voices, Indian Captivity, and the Legacy of King Philip's War (2013), while being contributing editor to The Fictions of Stephen Graham Jones: A Critical Companion (2016).
Finally, he has been instrumental in efforts to create dialogue and historical understanding at the University of Denver around the issue of the Sand Creek massacre.


  • MA, American Indian Studies, University of Arizona, 2014
  • Ph.D., American Indian Studies, University of Arizona, 2008
  • BA, English/Philosophy, Miami University, 2002

Professional Affiliations

  • International Exchange Alumni-Fulbright
  • Modern Library Association
  • Native American Literature Symposium
  • Native American/Indigenous Studies Association
  • Western Literature Association


Contemporary Native American literature and poetics, 20th-21st century American literature, Native American cultures, societies, and histories, especially of Colorado and the West, transnationalism, public intellectualism.


  • Agency, Ethics, Justice in the PostHuman Age
  • He's the One Who Fights the Monsters For Us: Confrontations with Monstrosity, Horror, and Evil in the works of Stephen Graham Jones
  • History, Subjectivity Narrative: The Captivity of Mary Rowlandson through a Different Looking Glass
  • “The Death of Tecumseh and the Making of an American Myth”
  • Indian Captivity in the Age of Perpetual Terror


  • Fulbright Scholar Senior Lecturer , Council for International Exchange of Scholars