Publications, Awards and Service



Winner, 2019 John W. Frick Book Award
Winner, 2020 Ann Saddlemyer Award (jointly awarded)
Finalist, ATHE Outstanding Book Award for 2020
Mention Spéciale, Société québécoise d’études théâtrales

French translation by Julie Loncin forthcoming with Nota Bene Press, Montreal. 2022.


Book Chapters

  • “Critical Distance: Unsettling Canada from Abroad.”The Construction of Canadian Identity from Abroad. Eds. Christopher Kirkey and Richard Nimjean. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022. pdf

  • “Prendre le thé ensemble à Muliats (Montréal): la ville comme lieu de dialogue dans le théâtre de Menuentakuan,” Urbanités autochtones, Eds. Bradette, M.-E. Graff, J., Marcoux, G., and Pinto Ferretti, A. Montréal:  Presses de l’Université de Montréal, forthcoming.

  •  “The Things that Move us: Indigenous Movements/Returns in El Buen Vestir-Tlakentli,” Writing in the Midst: Critical Scholarship in Indigenous Dance. Eds. Jacqueline Shea-Murphy, Maria Regina Firmino Castillo, Karyn Recollet, (accepted)

  • “‘Dévoiler le désir secret de l’âme’ : théâtre autochtone, guérison et rapatriement,” La renaissance des cultures autochtones: enjeux et défis de la reconnaissance, eds. Jean-François Côté, Claudine Cyr, Québec: Les Presses de l’Université Laval, 2018.pdf.

  • “Endurance/ Enduring Performance: Nadia Myre, La Marche Amun, and the Indian Act’s Tumultuous Geographies”, In the Balance: Indigeneity, Performance, Globalization. Eds.  Helen Gilbert, J.D. Philipson, Michelle Raheja, (Liverpool: University of Liverpool Press, 2017)

  • Burelle, Julie. “Staging Empathy’s Limit Point: First Nations Theatre and the Challenges of Self-Representation on a Settler-State Stage” in Theatres of Affect; New Essays on Canadian Theatre, Vol. 4, edited by Erin Hurley. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, (2014) pdf.

Journal articles

  • “Inuit Visual and Sensate Sovereignty in Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s Angry Inuk.” Special Issue “Cinémas et médias autochtones dans les Amériques: récits, communautés et souverainetés” Canadian Journal of Film Studies, 2020.29.1 (2020) 145-162. pdf.

  • Off the Rails at the Autry: What Can Shakespeare tell us about Indian Boarding Schools?” (Theatre Annual: A Journal of Performance Studies, 2016. 1-24) pdf

  • Dee(a)r Spine: Dance, Dramaturgy, and the Repatriation of Indigenous knowledge.” Co-written with Sam Mitchell. Dance Research Journal 1, April 2016 pdf

  • “Theatre in Contested Lands: Repatriating Indigenous Remains.” TDR: The Drama Review 59.1 Spring 2015. 97-118 pdf

  • “Ondinnok’s Xajoj Tun Rabinal Achi: Re-membering Fragmented Lineages.” in TheatreForum, Spring 2011 issue. 13-23

Public Facing Scholarship

Book and Performance Reviews

  •  “Review of Indigenous Women’s Theatre in Canada: A Mechanism of Decolonization by Sarah MacKenzie”, Modern Drama (forthcoming, 2022)

  • “Capturing elusiveness: Karen Fricker on Robert Lepage’s early works,” CanadianTheatre Review (forthcoming, 2022)

  • “La Crise d’Oka en récits: territoire, cinema et littérature par Isabelle St-Amand” book review for la Revue Recherches Sociographiques, winter 2016. pdf.

  • “It is a Bitter Game I Know, But You Gotta Play It.” TheatreForum, 48. 2015. 7-8 pdf

Conference Papers

  • Reflection on institutional land acknowledgments (as part of the Land Acknowledgment Research Group led by Dr. Melissa Poll and Dr. Jenn Cole), Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR), annual conference, online, 2020

  • “Le Théâtre autochtone au Québec,” Plenary presentation at the Salon du Livre des Premières Nations, Québec City, Canada, 2019

  • “Les théâtres du Québec: un triologue,” Conference Presentation with Erin Hurley and Alexandre Cadieux, Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, Montreal, Canada. 2019

  • “Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s Angry Inuk and the #sealfie campaign: Rupturing the Excessive Rhetoric of Southern Anti-Sealing Campaigns,” Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present’s annual conference (ASAP), New Orleans, October 2018 

  • “Rousing Anger: Ktahkomiq and the Arduous Labor of Intra-Mural Reconciliation,” American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), San Diego, 2018

  • “Ishi Comes Back with a Vengeance: James Luna and the Resistant Body-Artefact,” American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), Atlanta, 2017

  • “California First Nations Dance Practices,” Congress on Research in Dance’s annual conference (CORD), Pomona CA (November 2016)

  • “Repatriation,” The UC Collaboratory for Ethnographic Design’s annual conference. Ethnography & Design: Mutual Provocations, San Diego, (October 2016)

  • “Something is Rotten in Kinogamish: Mesnak’s Cinematic Adaptation of Hamlet on a Fictive Rez,” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Cambridge MA (March 2016)

  • “Neptune Redux: The (First) Nations(s) enacted in Alexis Martin’s Invention du chauffage central en Nouvelle-France,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Montreal, Canada, 2015.

  • “Nadia Myre’s Indian Act: beading and radical remappings,” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Seattle, 2015

  • “Performing/Theorizing Violent Landscapes: Dance, Dramaturgy, and Repatriation of Indigenous Memory,” Co-written with Sam Mitchell. American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), Baltimore , 2014

  • “Endurance/EnduringPerformances: First Nations Women’s Embodied Challenges to Canada’s Indian Act,” In the Balance: Indigeneity, Performance, Globalization Conference, 2013.

  • “Cooking Up a Storm: Pots and Pans and Other Playful Protest During Quebec’s Maple Spring,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Orlando, Florida, 2013.

  • “Self-Consuming Body Politic(s): On Colonial Violence and Chief Theresa Spence’s Hunger Strike,” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Toronto, 2013.

  • “Reclaiming an Unmarked Body: Representations of Indigenous Trauma in Ondinnok’s Transnational Adaptation of Rabinal Achi,” American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), Montreal, 2010.

Grants and Awards

  • “Mention spéciale” for Encounters on Contested Lands: Indigenous Performances of Sovereignty and Nationhood in Quebec, Société québécoise d’études théâtrales (SQET) (2020)

  •  Ann Saddlemyer Book Award, for Encounters on Contested Lands: Indigenous Performances of Sovereignty and Nationhood in Quebec, Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR) (2020)

  •  Finalist for Outstanding Book Award for Encounters on Contested Lands: Indigenous Performances of Sovereignty and Nationhood in Quebec Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), (2020)

  • John W. Frick Book Award for Encounters on Contested Lands: Indigenous Performances of Sovereignty and Nationhood in Quebec, American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS) (2019)

  • La Mancha Award in recognition of outstanding contributions as a volunteer interpreter-translator to the mission of providing quality legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations. Casa Cornelia Law Center, San Diego. (2019)

  • Critical Refugees Studies Grant, UCSD, (PI) (2018-2019)

  • Hellman Fellowship (2017-18)

  • UCSD International Institute Faculty Group Grant (Co-PI) (2017-18)

  • UCSD Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Distinguished Teaching Award. (2017)

  • UCHRI Faculty Working Groups “Indigenous Dance and the Academy” (Co-PI), (2016-2017)

  • Faculty Career Development Program (FCDP) Award (2016-2017)

  • NCFDD Faculty Success Program, Office of the VCEDI, UCSD, (January-April 2016)

  • Excellence Award for New Faculty, Office of the VCEDI, UCSD, (PI) (2015-18)

Selected Teaching & Service

  • Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance, University of California, San Diego.

  • Head of the PhD program

  • Peer Reviewer: Dance Research Journal, Critical Ethnic Studies Journal, Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

  • Member of the selection panel for the playwriting festival Native Voices at the Autry.

  • Managing Editor, Theater Forum Magazine, Spring 2011 Edition