Shannon Toll

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty


Email: Shannon Toll

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Shannon Toll is an assistant professor of Indigenous Literatures and Cultures of North America at the University of Dayton. Dr. Toll received her B.A. from Kansas State University, her M.A. from San Diego State University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. Her research interests include Native literary studies and theory, gender studies, embodied practices, and film studies.

Courses Taught

  • Literature and Human Rights
  • Native American Women Writers
  • American Indian Renaissance Writing
  • Early American Literature
  • Freshman Composition


  • Ph.D., Literature, University of Oklahoma, 2016
  • M.A., San Diego State University, 2008
  • B.A., Kansas State University, 2006

Research Interests

  • Native American Literature
  • Gender Studies
  • Performance Studies
  • Ecocriticism
  • Native American Film
  • Human Rights

Selected Publications

“Maria Tallchief, (Native) America’s First Prima Ballerina: Autobiographies of a Postindian Princess.” Studies in American Indian Literature, 30.1 (Spring 2018).

"Weaving a Transnational Narrative: Yellow Woman and Orature in Almanac of the Dead." American Indian Culture and Research, 39.1 (2015): 67-84.