Isabel Lockhart

Ph.D., Department of English




Isabel Lockhart is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English. She works on contemporary literature across the fields of Indigenous studies, the environmental humanities, and settler colonial studies. Her dissertation, “Settler Colonialism and the Subsurface,” explores forms of Indigenous resistance to resource extraction under the structural condition of settler colonialism. The project engages the work of authors such as Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Pueblo), Alexis Wright (Waanyi), and Warren Cariou (Métis), and pays particular to attention to the ways that contemporary Indigenous literatures reckon with settler extraction as a claim over the meaning and value of “raw materials.”

Isabel has coordinated the Princeton American Indian and Indigenous Studies Working Group since 2018. In April 2019, she co-organized the Indigenous/Settler conference. At Princeton, she has taught Native American and Indigenous literatures in “American Studies 101” (Spring 2019) and “Introduction to Indigenous Literatures” (Fall 2020).

Selected Publications