Dr. Susan Brill de Ramírez


Dr. Susan Brill de RamirezWidely known for her in-depth study of Native American literature, Dr. Susan Brill de Ramirez has authored three books, including Native American Life History Narratives: Colonial and Postcolonial Navajo Ethnography, which earned her the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers’ Writer of the Year Award in 2006-2007.  She also co-edited the book Simon J. Ortiz: A Poetic Legacy of Indigenous Continuance with Evelina Zuni Lucero and has written as sole author over thirty-five published scholarly articles, book chapters and review essays.

In addition to her four book publications and her extensive publications in professional academic journals and book collections, Dr. Brill de Ramírez has presented her research at more than 80 professional conferences and meetings throughout the United States and Canada.

According to one colleague, “I have yet to read an essay or book of hers that does not provoke new directions of thought and a deepening appreciation for the cultural and linguistic complexities that inform our field. Truly, her scholarship is among the very best from those who have emerged as the influential voices in Native American literary criticism.”

Dr. Brill de Ramirez was named a Caterpillar Professor of English in 2008. She has also received the Bradley University Parents Association Award of Excellence (2003), the Teaching Excellence Summer Stipend Award (2003) and the Samuel Rothberg Professional Excellence Award (2001).  In addition to her University honors, Dr. Brill de Ramirez has also been included in Who’s Who Among American Teachers (2004-05), Who’s Who in America (2003), Who’s Who in the World (2000) and Who’s Who of American Women (2006-07, 2004-05, 1999).

Dr. Brill de Ramirez earned a B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and M.B.A. in Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico prior to coming to Bradley in 1991.