Daisy Atterbury

Lecturer III

Photo: Daisy Atterbury
Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and American Studies
Office Location: 
Humanities 454


Daisy Atterbury (they/she) is a Lecturer III of American Studies and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of New Mexico where they teach courses in Queer Theories, Gender, Sexuality and U.S. Empire, and Poetics. Atterbury grew up in Shiprock and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and this context informs their writing and scholarship on "sex and space." Their most recent articles have appeared in publications including Post45 Journal, the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, and Jacket2, and they have a collaboratively written chapter forthcoming in the book Access, Equity, and Promises: The Third Current of Writing at CUNY in the 21st Century (WAC Clearinghouse 2024). 

Atterbury holds a PhD in English with emphasis in Gender, Sexuality and Coloniality and 20/21st Century North American Poetry and Poetics from the Graduate Center, CUNY, an MFA in Poetry from Bard College MFA, and a BA in English from Yale. In 2022-23, they served as Donald C. Gallup Research Fellow at Yale University. As a doctoral candidate, they received an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in the Public Humanities through the Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research. They have also been recipient of a Lost & Found Archival Research Fellowship and Legacy Fellowship from Lost & Found: the CUNY Poetics Document Initiative. 

Before arriving to the University of New Mexico, Atterbury taught in the Department of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and they continue to teach a specialized summer seminar for GWS majors at the University California, Berkeley titled "Gender, Women's Studies and Medicine," which examines the colonial and gendered aspects of US medicine in practice.

Atterbury's hybrid poetry/prose memoir, The Kármán Line, was a finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award and is forthcoming in 2024. The book explores queer sexualities and narrative theory in a journey to Spaceport America in Truth or Consequences, NM. Their second book (in progress), There's No Space in History, addresses writing in the nuclear context. The book aims to render visible the economic, social, and ideological structures governing social-spatial dynamics in the "American Southwest," which resists a strict knowability and mapability. The book dwells with the lived experiences and political representations of those writing about, within, and through US nuclear colonialism.