Jonathan Radocay (he/him/his)

Assistant Professor
Portrait of Jonathan

Contact Information

PDL B-403
Office Hours
M 10-11 (virtual), W 3-4 (in-person)


Ph.D., English with a Designated Emphasis in Native American Studies, University of California, Davis, 2023
B.A., English and Philosophy, University of California, Irvine, 2010

Dr. Jonathan Radocay is a citizen of Cherokee Nation and an Assistant Professor specializing in American Indian and Indigenous Literary Studies. His work is situated at the intersection of Native American and Indigenous studies, Native literary studies, and new modernist studies. He is currently working on a book titled Stories in Severalty: Allotment and Indigenous ModernismsThis book re-examines Indigenous engagements with the late-19th, early-20th century US policy known as allotment, which privatized collective Indigenous land relations and attacked Indigenous sovereignty. Reading across Indigenous texts, stories, and political activism, Stories in Severalty shows how Indigenous authors and storytellers, past and present, have strategically appropriated the settler colonial features of allotment’s landscape of privatization to strengthen sovereignty, transmit knowledges, and extend Indigenous land relations.

Dr. Radocay is currently completing a project that brings critical reflection on personal encounters with family allotment lands in Cherokee Nation into collective conversation with other family, community, and oral history narratives that “re-member” allotment’s legacy of fragmentation, separation, and division. This project emerges from lifelong relationships to communities of Cherokee Nation citizens in the California diaspora where he was born and raised.

His writing appears in The Routledge Handbook of North American Indigenous Modernisms (2022), edited by Kirby Brown (Cherokee Nation), Stephen Ross, and Alana Sayers (NuuChahNulth & Cree), and which recently won the Modernist Studies Association’s Edited Collection of the Year award. His writing has also appeared in Modernism/modernity Print Plus, Wicazo Sa Review, and other venues.

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow 2022-2023