Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Jaquetta Shade
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Jaquetta Shade

PhD Candidate

Office: Bessey Hall room 274

Email: shadejaq@msu.edu; jaquettashade@gmail.com

Twitter: @jaquettashade

Website: http://www.jaquettashade.org/

Research Areas

cultural rhetorics, American Indian rhetoric, decolonizing methodologies, Indigenous feminism


Jaquetta Shade is a doctoral candidate in Rhetoric & Writing at Michigan State University in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, & American Cultures.  She is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation, a Cobell Scholar, the 2017 Susan Applegate Krouse Graduate Research Fellow, and an affiliated graduate student in the American Indian & Indigenous Studies Program at Michigan State University.  In her dissertation, "Wishi Stories: Rhetorical Strategies of Surivance and Continuance in Cherokee Foodways," she uses oral history, land-based knowledge, archival research, and participatory methods to research the Cherokee practices of foraging and cooking wishi (hen-of-the-woods mushrooms), a Cherokee delicacy, in order to better understand how American Indians use food to survive and resist the ongoing project of settler colonialism, and to carry culture forward for future generations.


PhD in Rhetoric and Writing, Michigan State University: Spring 2018

Master of Arts in English, Northeastern State University:  Spring 2013

Bachelor of Arts in English, Northeastern State University: Spring 2010

Representative Work

"Producing the Future: The Book I Need." Studies in Rhetoric and Writing: The Books We Need. Web. 21 August 2017.  http://swreditors.org/interact/the-books-we-need/

“Alisdayhv: A Cherokee Foodways Memoir.” Pixelating the Self: Digital Feminist Memoirs. Edited collection. Forthcoming with Enculturation: Intermezzo.

Sample Courses Taught

WRA 101 Writing as Inquiry

Research or Academic Affiliations 

Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) / National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers
Sigma Tau Delta (Mu Iota Chapter), International English Honor Society