Cheryl Suzack
Associate Professor; Graduate Faculty, Undergraduate Instructor, Department of English

Jackman Humanities Building
170 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8

Tel.: 416-946-0352

Professor Cheryl Suzack (Batchewana First Nations) is an Associate Professor at the Department of English. She is cross-appointed to the Aboriginal Studies Program and teaches courses for English and Aboriginal Studies on comparative Indigenous literatures, comparative Indigenous studies, and Indigenous decolonization with a focus on gender issues and Indigenous women. She also holds a non-budgetary cross-appointment at the Faculty of Law.

Prof. Suzack obtained her BA (Honours) in English and Political Science and MA English at the University of Guelph in 1993 and 1995, respectively. She received a BEd degree from Nipping University in 1996 and her PhD in English at the University of Alberta in 2004.

Professor Suzack's research focuses on Indigenous law and literature with a particular emphasis on writing by Indigenous women. In her book, Indigenous Women's Writing and the Cultural Study of Law, she explores how Indigenous women's writing from Canada and the United States addresses case law concerning tribal membership, intergenerational residential school experiences, and land claims. Her current project analyzes Justice Thurgood Marshall's papers in the context of Indian civil rights claims from the 1960s. She is a co-editor (with Greig Henderson and Simon Stern) of “The Critical Work of Law and Literature,” University of Toronto Quarterly (Fall 2013) and a co-editor and contributor (with Shari Huhndorf, Jeanne Perreault, and Jean Barman) to the award-winning collection, Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, Culture (UBC 2010). 

Professor Suzack has completed a book length study, Indigenous Women’s Writing and the Cultural Study of Law, and is starting a new project on Justice Thurgood Marshall’s Indian law cases. Past projects include editing special issues for Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, Ariel: A Review of International English Literature, and English Studies in Canada.

Selected publications

Indigenous Women's Writing and the Cultural Study of Law. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017.

"Comparative Racialization and American Indian Identity in Nineteenth-Century America." The Routledge Research Companion to Law and Humanities in Nineteenth-Century America. Ed. Nan Goodman and Simon Stern. New York: Routledge, 2017. 73-95.

"Transitional Justice, Termination Policies, and the Politics of Literary Affect in Chrystos' Not Vanishing." Canadian Review of American Studies 47.1 (2017): 1-25.

"Human Rights and Indigenous Feminisms." Handbook of Indigenous Peoples' Rights. Ed. Corinne Lennox and Damien Short. Abingdon and NewYork: Routledge, 2016. 146-163.

"Indigenous Feminisms in Canada." NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research 23.1 (2015): 261-274.

"The Becoming of Justice: Indigenous Women's Writing in the Pre-Truth and Reconciliation Period." Transitional Justice Review 1.2 (2013):97-125. Co-Author with Élise Couture-Grondin

"The Transposition of Law and Literature in Delgamuukw and Monkey Beach." South Atlantic Quarterly 110.2 (Spring 2011): 447-463.

Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, Culture. Cheryl Suzack, Shari Huhndorf, Jeanne Perreault, and Jean Barman, co-editors and contributors (UBC Press, 2010).

"Land Claims, Identity Claims: Mapping Indigenous Feminism in Literary Criticism and in Winona LaDuke's Last Standing Woman." Reasoning Together. Ed. Craig Womack. U of Oklahoma P, 2008. 169-92.

"Law Stories as Life Stories: Jeannette Lavell, Yvonne Bedard, and Half-breed." Auto/Biography: Trace, Text, Telling. Ed. Marlene Kadar, Susanna Egan, Jeanne Perreault, and Linda Warley. Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2005. 117-41.

Editor, In Search of April Raintree: Critical Edition, by Beatrice Culleton Mosionier, Portage and Main Press, 1999.

Research areas
Aboriginal Law
Law and Literature