Joanna Hearne

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

Native American and global Indigenous media, film studies, digital storytelling

Joanna Hearne teaches courses cross-listed with the School of Visual Studies on topics in Indigenous studies, film studies, and digital storytelling. She has published articles and book chapters on Indigenous film and media, digital media, animation, westerns, documentary, and early cinema.  She edited the 2017 special issue of Studies in American Indian Literatures (SAIL) on Digital Indigenous Studies: Gender, Genre and New Media, and is the author of Native Recognition: Indigenous Cinema and the Western (SUNY Press, 2012) and Smoke Signals: Native Cinema Rising (University of Nebraska Press, 2012). 


PhD University of Arizona

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Awards and Honors: 
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2017-18
  • 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