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Mandy Suhr-SytsmaSenior LecturerDirector of the Writing Center


Mandy Suhr-Sytsma's research and teaching interests include Indigenous literature, Indigenous studies, multiethnic literature, children's/young adult literature, childhood studies, rhetoric, and writing. She specializes in Native American/Canadian Aboriginal literature with a particular interest in representations of sovereignty, childhood/adolescence, and cross-cultural dialogue.

Her first book, Self-Determined Stories:The Indigenous Reinvention of Young Adult Literature (Michigan State University Press, 2019) illuminates how Indigenous Young Adult literature radically revises YA genre conventions, boldly troubles discourses of diversity, and dynamically imagines Indigenous empowerment in the contemporary era. 

She is also researching a second book project analyzing strategic representations of childhood in Indigenous literature and activism.

In addition to her literary and cultural studies interests, as the Director of the Emory Writing Center, Suhr-Sytsma maintains an active research agenda in rhetoric/composition studies, with a special focus on linguistic power dynamics at play in writing classrooms and writing centers.

Her work has appeared in Studies in American Indian Literatures,Wicazo Sa Review, Children's Literature, and The Writing Center Journal


  • B.A., Calvin College
  • Ph.D., University of Connecticut


Self-Determined Stories: The Indigenous Reinvention of Young Adult Literature