Francisco Delgado

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Assistant Professor


Office: N-772

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Phone: +1 (212) 220-8346

Francisco Delgado is an Indigenous (Chamorro/Tonawanda Band of Seneca) writer who lives with his wife and their son in Queens, New York.

His literary scholarship has been featured, or is forthcoming, in Studies in the Novel, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, Transmotion, and Memory Studies. And his creative work has appeared in JMWW, Newtown Literary, Queensbound, and Lost Balloon.

His chapbook, Adolescence, Secondhand, was published by Honeysuckle Press in 2018.

In his capacity as a board member of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), he advocates for the needs and interests of contingent faculty, adjuncts, independent scholars, and/or faculty at two-year institutions.

(Picture by Riordan Delgado)


  • Native American/Indigenous Literatures


  • Ph.D. in English, Stony Brook University, 2017
  • M.A. in English, CUNY Brooklyn College, 2009
  • B.A. in English/Creative Writing, SUNY New Paltz, 2005

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

My current literary research examines the effects of U.S. military service on Native/Indigenous communities. Among my central questions with this project are: how can works of literature help us understand the phenomenon of high military service among Indigenous people? How has this impacted personal and communal relations? What other forms of community does military service make possible?

I am also studying the Onöndowa’ga:’ Gawë:no׳ (or Seneca language), which is my traditional language through my akso:d (maternal grandmother), who was adopted out of her community at a young age.


Creative Work:

Literary Scholarship:

  • “If I Ever Get Out of Here (If We Ever Get Out Of Here)”: Modelling “The Good Mind” in Eric Gansworth’s If I Ever Get Out of Here.” Accepted for publication in Studies in the Novel.
  • Sordid Pasts, Indigenous Futures: Necropolitics and Survivance in Louis Owens’ Bone Game.Transmotion, vol. 6, no. 2, 2020.
  • “Remade: Sovereign: Decolonizing Guam in the age of environmental anxiety.” Memory Studies, 2019, doi:10.177/1750698019894690.
  • “Trespassing the U.S.-Mexico Border in Silko’s Almanac of the Dead and Yamashita’s Tropic of Orange.” The CEA Critic, vol. 79, no. 2, , 2017, pp. 149-166.

Edited Collections:

  • “A Model of Relational Learning and Knowledge Production: Using Podcasts in a Writing Intensive Native American/ Indigenous Literatures Course.” Increasing Student Agency in a Diverse Classroom with Nondisposable Assignments, edited by Melissa Ryan and Kerry Kautzman, Vernon Press, 2022, pp. 1 – 16.

Book Reviews:

  • Review of Otherwise, Revolution!: Leslie Marmon Silko’s Almanac of the Dead by Rebecca Tillett. Transmotion, vol. 4, no. 2, 2018, pp. 185-186.
  • Review of Terrorizing Latina/o Immigrants: Race, Gender, And Immigration Politics in The Age of Security by Anna Sampaio. American Studies, vol. 56, no. ¾, 2018, pp. 123-124.
  • Review of Full Metal Indigiqueer by Joshua Whitehead. Transmotion, vol. 4, no. 1, 2018, pp. 192-193.

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

Additional Information

In Spring 2022, I created ENG 329: Native American/Indigenous Literatures, which is the only course in the BMCC Catalog devoted to Indigenous literatures of Native North America and the Pacific.