Dr. Jaquetta Shade-Johnson is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Missouri, where she teaches courses in rhetoric and composition, Indigenous literature, digital storytelling, and Native American and Indigenous studies. Her research at the intersections of cultural rhetorics, Indigenous studies, and environmental humanities is primarily focused on how Indigenous communities make meaning through rhetorical, embodied, and storied relationships with the land. She currently serves as chair of the 2020 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Nominating Committee, in addition to serving on the editorial collective as a founding editor for Spark: a 4C4Equality Journal, a digital, open-access, peer-reviewed journal addressing activism in writing, rhetoric, and literacy studies.


PhD in Rhetoric and Writing, Michigan State University: August 2018

Dissertation: “Wishi Stories: Rhetorical Strategies of Survivance and Continuance in Oklahoma Cherokee Foodways”

Directed by Malea Powell (chair), Terese Guinsatao Monberg, Alexandra Hidalgo, & Elizabeth LaPensée

Master of Arts in English, Northeastern State University:  Spring 2013

Thesis: “Domestic Folkways of the Oklahoma Cherokees: A Tribal Feminist Analysis”

Directed by Kimberli Lee & Leslie Hannah

Bachelor of Arts in English, Northeastern State University: Spring May 2010

Capstone Experience: University Writing Center Peer Tutoring Program

Directed by Mary Stanley

Blog Posts


    Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) / National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

    Cultural Rhetorics Consortium

    Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers

    Sigma Tau Delta (Mu Iota Chapter), International English Honor Society

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