Blaire Morseau


FacultyReligious StudiesAmerican Indian and Indigenous Studies

Assistant Professor
1855 Professor of Great Lakes Anishinaabe Knowledge, Spiritualities, and Cultural Practices


Blaire Morseau is a citizen of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies Department where she also teaches in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. Her research interests are in Indigenous science fiction and futurisms, traditional cultural and ecological knowledge, digital heritage, and Native counter-mapping. She is releasing an edited volume in October 2023 featuring the collection of nineteenth and early twentieth century birch bark books written by nineteenth century Potawatomi author Simon Pokagon titled, As Sacred to Us: Simon Pokagon’s Birch Bark Stories in their Contexts, published by Michigan State University Press.


Morseau, B., Ed. (2023). “As Sacred to Us” Simon Pokagon’s Birch Bark Stories in their Contexts. Michigan State University Press.

Morseau, B. (under review) “Indigenizing Futures in Museum Contexts.” In Native Lives, Native Truths, Wali, Alaka and Tom Skwerski (eds.). University of Chicago Press.

Morseau, B. (in production). “Coding Potawatomi Cosmologies: Elements of Bodwéwadmi Futurisms.” In The Routledge Companion to Alternative Futurisms, Chattopadhyay, Bodhisattva, Grace Dillon, Isiah Lavender III, and Taryne Jade Taylor (eds.).

Topash-Caldwell, B. (2020). Sovereign Futures in Neshnabé Speculative Fiction, Borderlands Journal, 19(2): 29-62.

Topash-Caldwell, B. (2020). “Beam Us Up, Bgwëthnėnė!” A Discussion of Indigenizing Science (Fiction), Technology, Engineering, and Math, AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 16(2): 81-89.

University News

Religious Studies Professor to Deliver Keynote Address at MLK Community Unity Dinner
Published January 11, 2024 in College of Arts & Letters
Blaire Morseau, Assistant Professor in MSU’s Department of Religious Studies and an inaugural 1855 Professor, is the keynote speaker for the 44th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Unity…Read now »
MSU Honors Inaugural 1855 Professorship Recipients
Published December 18, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
A photo composite of two people, a woman on the left and a man on the right.
The inaugural roster of 1855 Professorship recipients, along with MSU administrators, Board of Trustees members, faculty, and guests, recently gathered for dinner in the Michigan State University…Read now »
Religious Studies Professor Returns to Her Native Community for 1855 Professorship
Published November 10, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
Blaire Morseau grew up in New Jersey and spent most of her life there, including her undergraduate years at Rutgers University, yet she considers Michigan her home. As a citizen of the Pokagon…Read now »
Department of Religious Studies Awarded Inaugural 1855 Professorships
Published April 12, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
Michigan State University’s Department of Religious Studies will expand its curriculum to include a focus on Anishinaabe communities, and more broadly, Great Lakes Native American cultures thanks…Read now »