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Shannon Toll

Associate Professor; Film Studies Coordinator

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: English


Email: Shannon Toll
HM 263


  • Ph.D., English, University of Oklahoma


Shannon Toll is an Associate Professor of Indigenous Literatures and Cultures of North America at the University of Dayton. Her research interests include Native literary studies and theory, gender studies, embodied practices and film studies. She has written a number of articles and essays focusing on Indigenous performance and writing, covering topics that range from classical ballet to rock opera to horror films. Her current research centers on modernist Indigenous Oklahoman artistic contributions, and she is working on a book manuscript that studies the careers of Native female performers who earned acclaim as singers, storytellers and dancers during this era.

Courses taught

  • American Indian Literature
  • Introduction to Literary Theory
  • Studies in Film
  • Literature and Human Rights
  • Early American Literature
  • Freshman Composition

Research interests

  • Native American Literature
  • Gender Studies
  • Performance Studies
  • Ecocriticism
  • Native American Film
  • Human Rights

Selected publications

“Through My Mother's Eyes, Settler Spatializations & Mohawk Masculinity in E. Pauline Johnson’s ‘My Mother.’” Journal of Settler Colonial Studies. Vol. 11, no. 2, 2021, p. 134-151.

“Disordering Enactments and (Re)mapping the Reserve in Rhymes for Young Ghouls.” Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review, Emerging Scholars Redux, Special Issue 242, 2020, p. 38-56.

“Do You Recognize Who I Am? Decolonizing Rhetorics in Native Rock Opera Something Inside is Broken.” Transmotion. Vol. 5, no. 2, Fall 2019

“Maria Tallchief, (Native) America’s First Prima Ballerina: Autobiographies of a Postindian Princess.” Studies in American Indian Literature, 30.1 (Spring 2018).

"Weaving a Transnational Narrative: Yellow Woman and Orature in Almanac of the Dead." American Indian Culture and Research, 39.1 (2015): 67-84.