Dr. Devon Abbott Mihesuah
Cora Lee Beers Price Teaching Professor in International Cultural Understanding
BS; MEd; MA; PhD
University of Kansas
1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 308
Lawrence, KS 66045-7574
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
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Ph.D. Texas Christian University, American History (Minor Fields: Colonial Latin America; Spanish Borderlands)
Mihesuah’s career has been devoted to the empowerment and well-being of indigenous peoples. For the nine years she served as Editor of the American Indian Quarterly, Mihesuah attempted to bring indigenous concerns and voices to the forefront of academic writing. Her own research, writing and speaking focuses on decolonization strategies and she one of the handful of indigenous writers who successfully writes non-fiction and fiction. She regularly speaks nationally and internationally about issues pertaining to empowerment of indigenous peoples; her works are cited and reprinted in hundreds of publications and her books and essays are used in classrooms across the world.
Mihesuah is the recipient of grants, fellowships and awards from the Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Smithsonian Institution, American Council of Learned Societies, Newberry Library, Arizona Humanities Council, American Historical Association, Oklahoma Writers' Federation, American Educational Studies Association, Phi Alpha Theta, Westerners International, Arizona Writers’ Association, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers, Oklahoma Historical Society, Flagstaff Live!, KU Crystal Eagle American Indian Leadership Award as well as finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award and Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights Book Award. At NAU she received the Native American Students United Award for Outstanding Faculty, President's Award for Outstanding Faculty, and Outstanding Faculty Woman of the Year Award.
Over 70 refereed journal essays, book chapters, commentaries, editorials, and books, including:
Nede Wade Christie: The Creation of an Outlaw. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, spring 2018.
“Sustenance as Culture and Tradition: Teaching About Indigenous Foodways,” in Kristopher Ray and Brady DeSanti, Understanding and Teaching Native American History (University of Wisconsin Press). In progress.
"Searching for Haknip Achukma (Good Health): Challenges to Food Sovereignty initiatives in Oklahoma,” for American Indian Culture and Research Journal’s Special Issue on Food Sovereignty. In progress.
“Historical Research and Diabetes in Indian Territory: Revisiting Kelly M. West’s Theory of 1940,” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 40 #4 (2016), forthcoming.
“Comanche Traditional Foodways and the Decline of Health,” Great Plains Journal 50 (2016), forthcoming.
“Nede Wade “Ned” Christie and the Outlaw Mystique,” Chronicles of Oklahoma 93#3 (Fall 2015): 260-289.
“Indigenous Health Initiatives, Frybread, and the Marketing of Non-Traditional “Traditional” American Indian Foods.” Native American and Indigenous Studies 3/2 (Fall 2016) forthcoming
“Sustenance and Health among the Five Tribes in Indian Territory, Post-Removal to Statehood,” Ethnohistory (62:3 (2015): 263-284.
Document of Expectations (Michigan State University Press, 2011).
Choctaw Crime and Punishment: Intersections of Resistance, Politics and Justice, 1884-1907 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2009).
“Unfinished Choctaw Justice: The Murder of Charles Wilson and the Execution of Jackson Crow,” Chronicles of Oklahoma 86 (Fall 2008): 290-315.
Big Bend Luck (Booklocker, 2009).
Recovering Our Ancestors’ Gardens: Indigenous Recipes and Guide to Diet and Fitness (Nebraska, 2005).
So You Want to Write About American Indians? A Guide for Scholars, Students and Writers (Nebraska, 2005).
Grand Canyon Rescue: A Tuli Black Wolf Adventure (Booklocker, 2004).
The Lightning Shrikes (Lyons Press, 2004).
Ed. with Angela Cavender Wilson: Indigenizing the Academy: Transforming Scholarship and Empowering Communities (Nebraska, 2004).
American Indigenous Women: Decolonization, Empowerment, Activism (Nebraska, 2003).
‘First To Fight’: The Story of Henry Mihesuah (Nebraska, 2003).
Ed. Repatriation Reader: Who Owns Indian Remains? (Nebraska, 2000).
Roads of My Relations (Arizona, 2000).
Ed. Natives and Academics: Discussions on Researching and Writing About American Indians (Nebraska, 1998).
American Indians: Stereotypes and Realities (Clarity, 1996).
Cultivating the Rosebuds: The Education of Women at the Cherokee Female Seminary, 1851-1909 (Illinois, 1993).
Her other writings have appeared in publications from Oxford University Press, University of Texas Press, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, American Indian Quarterly, SIGNSWicazo Sa Review, HEArt, Red Ink, University Press of Virginia, Greenhaven Press, Arizona School Boards Association Journal, Academic International Press, Garland Publishing, Bulletin of the Conference Group on Women's History, Macmillan Publishing Co., National Forum, The Four Directions, Chronicles of Oklahoma, Akwesasne Notes, Praeger Publishers, Alta Mira Press, Routledge, American Historical Review, Journal of American Ethnic History, Journal of the West, Western History Quarterly, The Journal of American History, New Mexico Historical Review, Choice, The Chronicle Review, Holt, Rineheart and Winston.
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