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Preston Taylor Stone joins CCSRE team!

CCSRE is proud to announce the hire of Preston Taylor Stone (he/they) as the Associate Director of Native American Studies at CCSRE. An Indigiqueer poet, Dr. Stone’s  research spans cultural studies, hemispheric American studies, and queer/Indigenous studies. His academic and creative work can be found in Studies in American Fiction, The Moth, New Reader Magazine, and South Carolina Review. He recently published the poetry chapbook Ontology of Desire with Bottlecap Press.

Dr. Stone earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Miami. His dissertation,  "Ambivalent Protest: Ghosting in American Cinematic and Literary Fictions," demonstrates how contemporary American cultural texts deploy the figure of the ghost to produce an “ambivalent protest” that troubles both marginalized stories and normative progress narratives. Reframing major scholarship in Queer and Indigenous Studies, Dr. Stone’s work critiques structural problems such as settler colonialism and racism while noting the ambivalence in both Black and Native cultural production about the possibilities of reparation. Instead, they evoke new social realities where the ghosted haunt the beneficiaries of power, begetting both justice and retribution.

Dr. Stone is currently working on two book projects. "Queer Indigenous Horror" explores how Indigenous storytellers use the horror genre to subvert settler paradigms and promote Indigenous justice. His second book is a concise history of modern Native American Jewry.

With expertise in instructional design, Dr. Stone joins CCSRE to teach gateway and comparative core courses as well as NAS curriculum that emphasizes Indigenous voices, resilience, and survivance.