PhD Union Institute & University, 2005
MFA Goddard College, 1996
Other Wilson College. Teaching Certificate. Secondary English, 1994
BA The American University, 1992
Native American Studies and Women & Gender Studies
Stephanie A. Sellers is a Native American Studies educator who teaches Indigenous literatures in the English Department and topics in Native Studies in the Women, Gender, and Sexualities Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies Programs. Sellers holds a doctorate in Native American Studies with an emphasis on Women of the Eastern Woodlands, the first faculty member of the College to do so. Sellers studied with traditional Indigenous Elders who served on her doctoral committee: the iconic Paula Gunn Allen (Laguna Pueblo) and definitive scholar in Haudenosaunee culture, Barbara A. Mann (Bear Clan Seneca). She has been at the College since 2000 and has designed and teaches 5 courses in the Native American Studies discipline. Sellers was the Inaugural Director of the Gettysburg College Women's Center from 2009--2014 and served on the Academic Steering Committee of the WGS Program for many years. In 2013 she was awarded the College's Faculty Award for Community-Based Engagement.
Sellers served on the planning committee at Dickinson College for the Carlisle Indian Boarding School Conference in 2012. She co-founded with GC students the Students for Indigenous Awareness Club in 2017 and was its first Faculty Advisor. Sellers served as Senior Advisor to the Indigenous Land Acknowledgement Committee as well.
Sellers was on the National Women's Studies Association's speaker's bureau from 2008-2010 and was a Founding Board of Director on the Collegiate Women's Leadership Educators Association of the American Association of University Women (2012--2016) in Washington, D.C. During this time, she worked closely with Gettysburg College's Garthwait Leadership Center developing programming.
Dr. Sellers's dissertation, Native American Autobiography Redefined, was published in 2007 by Peter LangUSA, as was her second book, Native American Women's Studies Primer in 2008. In 2017, she co-edited a volume of writings of Indigenous authors primarily of the Native American Literary Renaissance era titled Weaving the Legacy: Remembering Paula Gunn Allen. Her poetry, essays, and coyote stories have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Native Literatures: Generations, American Indian Culture & Research Journal, Calyx: The Journal of Art and Literature by Women, and Americana E-Journal of the American Studies Institute at the University of Hungary.
Sellers contributed a chapter in the prestigious Routledge Companion to Native American Literature in 2015. Her recent scholarship on Indigenous Feminisms is included in The Routledge Introduction to Feminist Thought and Action (2019), which won the Routledge 2019 Outstanding Book in the Humanities and Social Sciences Award and the 2019 Outstanding Textbook in the Social Sciences Award.
As of 2023, North Atlantic Books in Berkeley, CA has published Dr. Sellers's critical work on global anti-female family-enacted violence that will be distributed internationally by Penguin Random House books, titled Daughters Healing from Family Mobbing, which has been declared "promises to become a feminist classic".
Sellers has presented her research at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art in the Brooklyn Museum and on the Native American Traditions panels at national conferences of the American Academy of Religion, Association for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Modern Language Association, National Women Studies Association, and the International Society for the Study of American Women Writers, among others.