Kali Simmons


BA in English w/ Film Studies minor, Portland State University, Portland OR

MA in English, University of Oregon, Eugene OR

Secretary, Graduate Students in English Association at UC Riverside, 2017-2018

Research Areas:

Film theory: questions of genre with a focus on horror, ethnography, and speculative fiction

Theories of race: indigenous studies, racial formation/racialization, anticolonial studies

Feminist theory: native feminisms, women of color feminisms, theories of gendered violence & conquest

Research Interests:

My work explores the entanglements of horror and indigeneity. My current research explores mainstream horror’s depictions of indigenous peoples as inhuman, and indigenous practical and theoretical responses to this history of representation. I am also interested in the theoretical, intellectual, and material connections between Westerns and Horror. Throughout my work, I ask: What happens to film when we approach it from an indigenous feminist perspective?


“Reorientations; or, An Indigenous Feminist Reflection on the Anthropocene” Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Winter 2019.


Selected Presentations:

“Without Reservations: Native American Identity and the Visual Language of ‘Ethnographic Containment’ in The Exiles,” Native American Literature Symposium, March 2018

“’There is no dead, only a change of worlds’ Perspectives on the Representation of Indigenous Undead,” Neo Native: Towards New Mythologies Symposium, Nov 2017

“Settling Debts: Indigenous Boarding School Experience and the Transactional Language of Trauma,” Dis/Junctions Graduate Student Conference, Oct 2017

“Return of the Living/Dead: Reading Native Subjectivity in the Figure of the Zombie,” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association: Native American Literatures and Cultures Panel, Nov 2015