headshot of a woman in braids and glasses. she is wearing a red flannel

Malea Powell

PROFESSOR – Arts & Letters

Malea Powell is Professor of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University where she is a faculty member in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. She is editor of College Composition and Communication, lead organizer of the Cultural Rhetorics conference, director of the Cultural Rhetorics Consortium, founding editor of constellations: a journal of cultural rhetorics, past chair of the CCCC, and editor emerita of SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literatures. A widely published scholar and poet, her current book project, This Is A Story, examines the continuum of indigenous rhetorical production in North America, from beadwork to alphabetic writing. Her current research is focused on non-traditional healing practices among women in Northern New Mexico. Powell is a mixed-blood of Indiana Miami, Eastern Shawnee, and Euroamerican ancestry. In her spare time, she hangs out with her grand-daughters and with other Native aunties, artists, poets, and healers, does beadwork, and writes romance novels.


Email: powell37@msu.edu
Phone: 517-355-2400
Twitter: @MaleaMSU


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East Lansing MI 48824 US