Petra Lina Orloff

Curriculum Vita

Wayne State University

Department of English
Ph.D., A.B.D.

Area of Interest
Native American in popular culture, film studies, popular culture studies.
German – speaking, reading, writing

Butler University

Department of English & Department of Journalism
Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude with High Honors, 1997

Academic Positions

Center for the Study of Citizenship

Wayne State University
Research Assistant
2003 to 2007

Wayne State University

Department of English
Adjunct Instructor & Graduate Teaching Assistant
1998 to 2006

  • Literature
  • Project 350


“The Native Voice: Preservation of Culture.” Woman in Storytelling.Ed. Afra Kavanagh. Sydney, Nova Scotia: University of Cape Breton Press, 2000″The Business of Fancydancing.” Encyclopedia of American Indian Literature. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2007.

The Imp of the Perverse: Eminem and the Gothic Genre.Journal of the International Gothic Association. Forthcoming.

The Business of Moviemaking: Sherman Alexie’s Fancydancing in an American Studies Classroom.” Under consideration.


Avatar, Iraq, and the American Spectacular.” Southwest/Texas PCA ACA.February 2010. Albuquerque.“Miyelo: Viggo Mortensen Does Wounded Knee.Native American Literature Symposium. April 2007. Mount Pleasant, MI.

“Klingons, Samurais, and King Aragorn: Wounded Knee in Popular Culture.” Conference in Citizenship Studies. March 2007. Detroit.

Wounded Knee in Popular Culture: Memory, Identity, and Appropriation.Southwest/Texas PCA ACA. February 2007. Albuquerque.

Somewhere West of Chicago: Understanding Native America in an American Studies Classroom.National Race and Pedagogy Conference. September 2006. Tacoma, WA.

’I’m Your Tribe Now’: Gender in Sherman Alexie’s The Business of Fancydancing.Conference in Citizenship Studies. March 2006. Detroit.

The Business of Moviemaking: Sherman Alexie’s Fancydancing in an American Studies Classroom.Southwest/Texas PCA ACA. February 2006. Albuquerque.

The NMAI and the New Buffalo: Funding a Cultural Renaissance.Annual American Indian Workshop. April 2005. Munich, Germany.

‘This 8 Mile Road’: Eminem, Detroit, and the Gothic Genre.International Gothic Association. May 2004. Stirling, Scotland.

“From Ghetto to Ghetto Fabulous: Female Rappers Writing Culture.” Southwest/Texas PCA ACA. February 2002. Albuquerque.

“The Native Voice: Preservation of Culture.” University of Cape Breton Storytelling Symposium. May 1999. Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Professional Activities

Panel Chair. Southwest/Texas PCA ACA. February 2010. Albuquerque.Panel Chair. Southwest/Texas PCA ACA. February 2009. Albuquerque.

Workshop Leader. Winter Wheat: The Mid American Review Festival of Writing. November 14, 2008. Bowling Green State University. Bowling Green, Ohio.