Dr. Billy J. Stratton is originally from eastern Kentucky. He studied literature and philosophy at Miami University and then earned a PhD in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona--among the first thirty in the discipline worldwide. He has taught courses that span native American/contemporary American literature, native and indigenous studies, apocalypse, southern gothic and new west literature, postmodernism, writing, and film studies. He has published widely on captivity narratives, colonialism, war, and native critical theory, while his criticism and research interest has been focused on contemporary writers such as Laura Tohe, Gerald Vizenor, Stephen Graham Jones, James Welch, and Nora Marks Dauenhauer, as well as Cormac McCarthy, Bret Easton Ellis, Chuck Palahniuk, and Thomas Pynchon. His first book, Buried in Shades of Night, was published in 2013 and garnered much positive critical attention, while his latest project, The Fictions of Stephen Graham Jones: A Critical Companion, was published by the University of New Mexico Press in November 2016. He is currently at work on a novel set in Appalachian coal country--a sample from which can be read in a recent edition of Cream City Review (39:1 2015).
Stratton has also served as a Fulbright Scholar in the American studies program at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany and has done invited lectures in Sydney, Canberra, Leiden, Berlin, Leipzig, Mainz, Heidelberg, Bonn, Vienna, London, and Chicago among other locations. Since his arrival at the University of Denver, he has been instrumental in efforts to create dialogue around the issue of Sand Creek and DU's founder, John Evans, and has edited and published several works on these themes in Salon, Denver Quarterly, Common-place, The Independent, US News & World Report, and TIME, while also providing commentary on contemporary native American issues in the national media. Additionally, for the last six years he has served as faculty advisor to the DU Native Student Alliance and was recently named Special Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost on Native American Programs and Partnerships. Beyond this, he is a lover of music, art, mountains, deserts, and oceans.
For more on Dr. Stratton, please see his portfolio site.