Francisco Delgado

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Assistant Professor


Office: N-772

Office Hours:

Phone: +1 (212) 220-8346

Francisco Delgado is a writer and teacher based out of Queens, NY. His research focuses on Native American/Indigenous literatures and can be found in Memory Studies, The CEA Critic, Transmotion, and Teaching American Literature: Theory and Practice. He is a proud CHamorro and, through his maternal grandmother, a member of the Tonawanda Band of Seneca. His chapbook of flash fiction / prose poems, Adolescence, Secondhand was published by Honeysuckle Press in 2018.

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

(Photo by Riordan Delgado)


Native American/Indigenous Literatures, Asian American Literatures, Literatures of the Pacific


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

Courses Taught

ENG 101 (English Composition)

Research and Projects

My most recent scholarship examines how Indigenous persons and communities grapple with the ongoing influence of the U.S. military: what factors explain the high rate of enlistment within Native communities? How does enlistment impact relationships with those back home? And, relatedly, what alternative forms of community does military enlistment make possible?

I’m most interested works of art that express of Native/Indigenous hope. And show what Native/Indigenous joy looks like.

I’m also learning the Onöndowa’ga:’ Gawë:no׳, the traditional language of the Seneca of upstate New York. This is my Indigenous language through my maternal grandmother who was adopted out of her community as a young child. I chronicle my language learning at LearningSeneca.

Chances are, whenever you’re reading this, I’m working on an article about teaching, or a short story, or a poem, and endlessly on a novel.


Creative Work:

Literary Scholarship (Peer-Reviewed Journals):

  • “Living in Good Relations: On Campus and Off.” Forthcoming in Teaching English in the Two-Year College.
  • Sordid Pasts, Indigenous Futures: Necropolitics and Survivance in Louis OwensBone Game.” Transmotion, vol. 6, no. 2, 14 Dec. 2020,, pp. 43 – 64.
  • Remade: Sovereign: Decolonizing Guam in an Age of Environmental Anxiety.” Memory Studies, 16 Dec. 2019,
  • “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.
  • “The Dystopian/Utopian Aspects of Yamashita’s Tropic of Orange“,Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice, vol. 8, no. 2, 2016, pp. 30-39.
  • “Neither Japanese Nor American: Identity and Citizenship in John Okada’s No-No Boy“, Trespassing Journal, vol. 1, 2012,

Literary Scholarship (Edited Collections):

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

Book Reviews:

  • Book Review of Otherwise, Revolution!: Leslie Marmon Silko’s Almanac of the Dead by Rebecca Tillett. Transmotion, vol. 4, no. 2, 2018, pp. 185-86.
  • Book Review of Terrorizing Latina/o Immigrants: Race, Gender, And Immigration Politics in The Age of Security by Anna Sampaio, American Studies, vol. 56, no. A?, 2018, pp. 123-124.
  • Book Review of Full Metal Indigiqueer by Joshua Whitehead, Transmotion, vol. 4, no. 1, 2018, pp. 192-193.

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • Nominated for the BMCC Distinguished Teaching Award, 2021
  • Humanities New York Public Humanities Fellowship
  • MLA Connected Academics Proseminar Fellowship
  • President’s Award to Distinguished Doctoral Students (Stony Brook University)

Additional Information

In Spring 2021, I created ENG 329: Native American/Indigenous Literatures, the only course in the BMCC Course Catalog that focuses primarily on the Literatures of Native North America and the Pacific.