Joanna Hearne

Joanna Hearne
Associate Professor and Director of Digital Storytelling
233 Tate
Areas of Study: 
Film Studies, Digital Storytelling, and Visual Studies
Folklore Studies
Modern and Contemporary Literature
Native American Studies
Research and Teaching: 

Digital storytelling, film studies, Native American and global Indigenous studies, folklore

Joanna Hearne directs the Digital Storytelling B.A. Program and teaches courses in Indigenous studies, film studies, and digital storytelling. She has published articles on Native American and global Indigenous film and media, digital media, animation, Westerns, documentary film history, and early cinema.  Her books are Native Recognition: Indigenous Cinema and the Western (SUNY Press, 2012) and Smoke Signals: Native Cinema Rising (University of Nebraska Press, 2012).


PhD 2004, University of Arizona

Select Publications: 
Awards and Honors: 
  • Don D. Walker Prize for best essay published in 2014, Western Literature Association
  • College of Arts and Science Faculty Fellow, University of Missouri, 2014
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend Award, 2014
  • William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, University of Missouri, 2012