Sheila Contreras

C627 Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

FacultyEnglishAmerican Indian and Indigenous Studies

Associate Professor
Department of English


An associate professor in the Department of English, Contreras was director of Michigan State University’s Chicano/Latino Studies Program for seven years, including a PhD program and an undergraduate specialization. She has published in D. H. Lawrence Review, Reflexiones, and Interdisciplinary Literary Studies. Dr. Contreras’ research and teaching interests include Chicana/o and U.S. Latina/o literature, multi-ethnic literatures, comparative indigeneities, and women’s studies. She teaches in graduate and undergraduate courses in the Department of English, Chicano/Latino Studies and Women’s Studies. Contreras’ book, Blood Lines: Myth, Indigenism and Chicana/o Literature, published by the University of Texas Press, examines a broad array of texts that have contributed to the formation of an indigenous strand of Chicano cultural politics. The book questions established cultural perspectives on “the native,” which paradoxically challenge and reaffirm racialized representations of Indians in the Americas. Her latest project is entitled Mestizaje/Métissage: Post-Conquest Literary Cultures in the Americas.

University News

NEA Big Read Program Kicks Off at MSU March 15
Published March 13, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
Close-up of books lined up on shelves
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read kicks off its month-long programming in the Greater Lansing/Mid-Michigan area on Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m. in the Green Room of…Read now »
MSU Professor Receives NEA Big Read Grant
Published January 10, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
old books lined up on a shelf
Michigan State University Associate Professor of English Sheila Contreras, in partnership with Capital Area District Libraries, was awarded a $14,000 grant to host the National Endowment for…Read now »
Reaching Out to the Latino Community
Published April 21, 2016 in College of Arts & Letters
David Gonzalez speaking to students at Eastern High School in Lansing
An artist of the spoken word, David Gonzalez, a nationally acclaimed storyteller and performer, spent a week in residence at Michigan State University. With support from the College of…Read now »
Women of Color Initiatives Lecture: Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs
Published February 12, 2016 in College of Arts & Letters
a woman's face on a poster
Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs will be visiting MSU on Friday, February 12, 2015, and will be giving a talk at 3:00 in B342 Wells titled “Visionary Daughtering: An Intimate Intellectual and Activist…Read now »
CAL Faculty and Staff Win MSU Physical Activity Challenge
Published February 1, 2016 in College of Arts & Letters
participants pose for photo displaying their fitness trackers on their wrists
A heartily congratulation is in order for the five-member College of Arts & Letters team that won the MSU Physical Activity Challenge. From left to right: Brad Willcuts, Sheila…Read now »