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Juniper Ellis

Professor Emerita
Juniper Ellis


  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University


Juniper Ellis is Professor of English.  She teaches classes including Justice & Hope: Writing the U.S., Banned Books, Humor Studies, Post-Colonial Literature, and 21st Century Literature and Time.  She has published Tattooing the World: Pacific Designs in Print and Skin (Columbia University Press), and articles in journals including PMLA, Arizona Quarterly, and Ariel.  Recent articles have appeared in journals including The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Studies in American Humor, Postcolonial Text, and Journal of Postcolonial Writing.  Her work has been awarded national grant support including National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.    

Courses Taught

  • EN 101 Understanding Literature
  • EN 203D Major Writers: American Literature
  • EN 265D Justice & Hope: Writing the U.S.
  • EN 346D Seminar: Humor Studies
  • EN 376D Foundations of Post-colonial Literature
  • EN 385 Travel Literature
  • EN 385 Islands Literature
  • EN 387D Seminar: 21st Century Literature and Time
  • EN 409 Honors Seminar: Read the World
  • EN 499D Seminar: Banned Books


  • Ellis, Juniper.  "Decolonizing Grace:  Samoan Women Confront Trauma and Abuse."  Accepted for publication in Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies.  34 pages in manuscript.
  • Ellis, Juniper. "Convergence: Irony and Urban Indian Epistemologies in Tommy Orange’s There There."  Postcolonial Text vol. 15, no. 2, 2020, pp. 1-16.
  • Ellis, Juniper. "Da decolonizing real: Liberating humour in Joe Balaz's Pidgin Eye."  The Journal of Commonwealth Literature October 2020, 14 pages.
  • "Laughter’s Truths: Hurston, Ellison, and Open-Ended Dialogue,” Studies in American Humor, vol. 6, no. 1, 2020, pp. 91-109.
  • “Oceanian Knowing and Decolonial Love in Sia Figiel’s Freelove.”  New Oceania: Modernisms and Modernity in the Pacific.  Eds. Matthew Hayward and Maebh Long.  Routledge, 2019, pp. 210-226.
  • “Humour as Indigenous Liberation: A Tattooed Anus for World Peace in Kisses in the Nederends,” Journal of Postcolonial Writing, vol. 55, issue 5, 2018, pp. 614-626. Published 7 Feb. 2019.