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  • Native American poetry, memoir, fiction, creative non-fiction
  • California Indian literatures arising out of the Mission, Mexican and American eras
  • Women's literatures
  • Gay/Lesbian/Transgendered/Queer/2-Spirit literatures
  • Hand-made books
  • Reclaimation of archival materials as resources for healing from historical trauma
  • Chicana/Chicano Literature

Professor Miranda's 2012-2013 and 2017-18 sabbatical research projects were funded by Lenfest Sabbatical Grants for her project, The Hidden Stories of Isabel Meadows and Other California Indian Lacunae.

The following research articles are available through the usual databases, as well as posted without fee on

"'They Were Tough, Those Old Women Before Us': The Power of Gossip in Isabel Meadows's Narratives"

Extermination of the Joyas : Gendercide in Spanish California

Saying the Padre Had Grabbed Her: Rape is the Weapon, Story is the Cure

Dildos, Hummingbirds, and Driving Her Crazy: Searching for American Indian Women's Love Poetry and Erotics

What's Wrong with a Little Fantasy? Storytelling from the (Still) Ivory Tower

Teaching on Stolen Ground

String of Textbooks: Artifacts of Composition Pedagogy in Indian Boarding Schools

Fiction Posing as Truth: A Critical Review of My Heart is On the Ground, the Story of Nannie Little Rose, A Sioux Girl