Bonnie Cherry


Doctoral Candidate in Jurisprudence and Social Policy (ABD)

My project explores the rhetorical work of sacrificial logic in security discourse –when violence is constructed as not only inevitable but also necessary – and the role of this discourse in the securitization of Indian Country. This dissertation seeks to explore the rhetoric of sacrifice as a throughline in western liberal democracy, specifically in the context of US western expansion and the legal creation of Indian Country. Broadly, it asks the following questions: what is the rhetorical logic of sacrifice and how does it shape the American political imagination? How is this logic made manifest in Indian Country?

AA, Berkeley City College; BA, UC Berkeley