Amy Fatzinger

Amy Fatzinger

Associate Professor, American Indian Studies; Affiliate Faculty

Harvill 235B

Amy Fatzinger, Ph.D. (American Indian Studies, University of Arizona, 2008) is an Associate Professor in American Indian Studies.  She currently serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for AIS and as the Associate Curator for the University of Arizona's American Indian Film Gallery (, a collection of more than 400 historic films by and about Indigenous people.  Dr. Fatzinger primarily teaches courses in American Indian cinema and American Indian literature, including American Indians in Film; Ancient and Contemporary Voices; and Mixed Media Storytelling, a course that explores Indigenous narratives that have been adapted for the screen.  Her research also focuses on Indigenous adaptations and representations of American Indians in literature and film.  

Select Publications

“Amid the Mockingbird’s Laughter:  Non-Indian Removals in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Depression-Era Novels.”  Western American Literature 52.2 (2017): 181-212.

“Echoes of Celilo Falls and Native Voices in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”  Mosaic:  A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 50.2 (2017): 117-132.

Winter in the Blood:  A Case for Maintaining Cultural Content in Adaptations of Indigenous Stories.” Adaptation (Spring 2016).  Advance access digital copy available at: doi:10.1093/adaptation/apw025.

“‘Can you imagine a real, live Indian right here in Walnut Grove?’:  American Indians in Television Adaptations of Little House on the Prairie.”  Dialogue:  The International Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy 2:1 (2014): n. pag. Web.

“Little House in a Big Depression: The Little House Narrative as Depression-Era Children’s Literature.”  Twentieth Century Literary Criticism:  Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Vol. 344.  Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2017.  266-282.

“Expectations and Exceptions in the Women of the Little House: The Little House Texts as a Woman’s Frontier Narrative.”  Twentieth Century Literary Criticism:  Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Vol. 344.  Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2017.  282-296.