Dr. Linda Helstern
Office: Minard 318E42
I grew up in central Minnesota, but I had never crossed the Red River until I joined the NDSU English faculty as an assistant professor in 2004. I earned my M.A. at the University of New Mexico in 1995 and my Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 2001, specializing in twentieth century American/Native American literature.
My classes strongly encourage border crossing between disciplines and cultures. This was the essence of all the professional writing positions I have held, whether in health care, financial services, or engineering, and it is the basis of my literary scholarship with its dual focus on contemporary Native American writers, especially Gerald Vizenor and Louis Owens, and the construction of race and gender in modernist fiction.
As a Remele Fellow of the North Dakota Humanities Council in 2006, I worked at the interface between Native literature and the history of post-World War II Japan. I have also found chaos theory (mathematics/physics) and disability studies relevant to Native literature.
I crossed the Atlantic in March 2008 to teach Literature and the Changing Environment at the Maastricht Center for Transatlantic Studies and learned more about the European response to global warming. Along with writing, I typically teach the American literature survey, literature and the environment, multicultural literature, Native American literature, and modern poetry.