Amy Fatzinger

About Amy Fatzinger

Amy Fatzinger, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in American Indian Studies and affiliate faculty in the Department of English.  She currently serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for AIS and as the Associate Curator for the University of Arizona's American Indian Film Gallery (, a collection of more than 400 historic films by and about Indigenous people.  Dr. Fatzinger primarily teaches courses in American Indian cinema and American Indian literature, including Mixed Media Storytelling, a course that explores Indigenous narratives that have been adapted for the screen.  Her research also focuses on Indigenous adaptations and representations of American Indians in literature and film.  Dr. Fatzinger is the first faculty member in the department to hold a doctorate degree in American Indian Studies.  

Selected Publications

“Amid the Mockingbird’s Laughter:  Non-Indian Removals in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Depression-Era Novels.”  Western American Literature 52.2 (2017): 181-212.

“Echoes of Celilo Falls and Native Voices in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”  Mosaic:  A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 50.2 (2017): 117-132.

Winter in the Blood:  A Case for Maintaining Cultural Content in Adaptations of Indigenous Stories.” Adaptation (Spring 2016).  Advance access digital copy available at: doi:10.1093/adaptation/apw025.

“‘Can you imagine a real, live Indian right here in Walnut Grove?’:  American Indians in Television Adaptations of Little House on the Prairie.”  Dialogue:  The International Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy 2:1 (2014): n. pag. Web.

“Little House in a Big Depression: The Little House Narrative as Depression-Era Children’s Literature.”  Twentieth Century Literary Criticism:  Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Vol. 344.  Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2017.  266-282.

“Expectations and Exceptions in the Women of the Little House: The Little House Texts as a Woman’s Frontier Narrative.”  Twentieth Century Literary Criticism:  Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Vol. 344.  Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2017.  282-296.

Areas of Study

Indigenous Adaptations; American Indian Cinema; American Indian Literature; Representations of American Indians in Native and Mainstream Literature and Film

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Contact Information

Amy Fatzinger
Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Telephone: (520) 621-8440
Fax: (520) 621-7952
Office: Harvill 235B
Office Hours: Wednesdays 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


PhD, 2008, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, American Indian Studies

MA, 2002, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, American Indian Studies

BA, 2000, Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA, English & Religious Studies

Dissertation Title

"'Indians in the House': Revisiting the American Indians in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House Books"

Courses Taught

Mixed Media Storytelling

Native Americans in Film

Ancient & Contemporary Voices

Non-Western Cultures and Civilizations - Many Nations of Native America

College Teaching Methods

Studies of Native American Literature

American Indian Women

Introduction to American Indian Studies



Catalog Courses by Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences