Michelle Jacob

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  • Title: Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-9572
  • Office: 146A Lokey Education Bldg

Biography

Michelle M. Jacob, PhD, is a Professor of Indigenous Studies and Director of the Sapsik’ʷałá (Teacher) Education Program in the Department of Education Studies. Michelle Jacob is dedicated to teach and research in ways that empower communities by working towards social justice. In all efforts, she seeks to understand how indigenous peoples can be empowered to heal from wounds inflicted by colonialism.

Her first book, Yakama Rising: Indigenous Cultural Revitalization, Activism, and Healing, analyzes the ways in which Yakama peoples resist the ongoing effects of colonialism through reclaiming cultural traditions. Michelle’s second book, Indian Pilgrims: Indigenous Journeys of Activism and Healing with Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, was recently published in 2016 by the University of Arizona Press.

Prior to joining the UO, Michelle served as Founding Director of the Center for Native Health & Culture at Heritage University on the Yakama Reservation, and as Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of San Diego. Michelle is a member of the Yakama Nation.

Education

Ph.D., 2004, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.
Major:  Sociology (Emphasis in Human Development) 
 
M.A., 2001, California State University, San Marcos, CA.
Major: Sociological Practice
 
B.A., 1998, California State University, San Marcos, CA.
Major: Liberal Studies, Interdisciplinary Program,
 
 

Honors and Awards

2016 – 2017 Recipient, University of San Diego College of Arts and Sciences Internal Knapp Chair Research Award (Declined, accepted faculty position at University of Oregon)
2016 Selected Participant, Catholic Diplomacy and Peacemaking Faculty Seminar in Rome and Assisi, Center for Catholic Thought and Culture, University of San Diego
2015 Grantee, Center for Inclusion and Diversity “Without Guarantees” Speaker Program, University of San Diego
2015 Grantee, Center for Catholic Thought and Culture Speaker Program, University of San Diego
2015 Grantee, Mulvaney Center Speaker Program, University of San Diego
2015 Nominee, Woman of Impact Award, University of San Diego
2015 Nominee, Innovation in Experiential Education Award, University of San Diego
2010 – 2015 Grantee, University of San Diego Faculty Research Grant Program for Faculty Scholarship
2014 Nominee, Association for Humanist Sociology Book Award, Association for Humanist Sociology
2014 Nominee, Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize, National Women’s Studies Association
2014 Nominee, Lora Romero Prize, American Studies Association
2013 – 2014 Grantee, Keck Foundation Undergraduate Course Development Grant Program to Strengthen Undergraduate Research, University of San Diego
2013 Grantee, University of San Diego International Opportunity Grants for Faculty Research
2012 Recipient, Professor of the Game Award, University of San Diego Associated Students & College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office
2011 Grantee, Center for Educational Excellence Grant Program for Faculty Research, University of San Diego
2010 Recipient, Faculty Mentor of the Year, McNair Scholars Program, University of San Diego
2009 Recipient, Community Leader Award, American Indian Recruitment Program
2009 Grantee, Provost’s Office Enhanced Student Faculty Interaction Fund, University of San Diego
2007 – 2009 Grantee, Teaching and Learning Grant Program, University of San Diego
2008 Grantee, Faculty Research Grant Program, University of San Diego
2007 Grantee, President’s Advisory Board on Inclusion and Diversity Grant Program, University of San Diego
2007 Grantee, Information Technology Services Student Technology Assistant Program, University of San Diego
2007 Special Award Recipient for Research and Applied Work: American Indian issues in higher education, Committee on Inclusion and Diversity, University of San Diego
2007 Grantee, International Opportunity Research Grant Program, University of San Diego
2007 Grantee, Faculty Summer Research Program, University of San Diego
2007 Grantee, Provost’s Office Enhanced Student Faculty Interaction Fund, University of San Diego
2007 Recipient, Woman of Impact, Campus-Wide Faculty Award, University of San Diego
2006 – 2007 Recipient, Community Service Learning Scholar Award, University of San Diego
2006 Grantee, Faculty Summer Research, University of San Diego
2006 Grantee, Provost’s Office Enhanced Student Faculty Interaction Fund, University of San Diego
2004 Fellow, Ford Foundation Dissertation Award
2002 – 2004 Mentee, National Institute of Mental Health Mentorship Education Program
2001 – 2004 Fellow, Minority Fellowship Program, American Sociological Association & National Institute of Mental Health
2001 – 2004 Recipient, University of California Tuition Fellowship
2001 – 2004 Doctoral Scholars Fellow, University of California
1998 – 2004 Recipient, American Indian Graduate Center Graduate Fellowship
1998 – 2004 Graduate Fellow, Yakama Nation
1994 Yakama Nation Highest Scholar Award, Yakama Nation Higher Education Program

Publications

Jacob, M. M. (In press, expected September 2016). Indian Pilgrims: Indigenous Journeys of Activism and Healing with Saint Kateri Tekakwitha.
Tucson: University of Arizona Press, Critical Issues in Indigenous Studies Series.
 
Jacob, M. M. (2013). Yakama Rising: Indigenous Cultural Revitalization, Activism, and Healing. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies Series. (Second printing, April 2014).
 
Jacob M. M., Poole, M. J., Gonzales, K., Jim, H., Duncan, G. E., & Manson, S. M. (2015). Exploring an American Indian Participatory Medical Model. Journal of Participatory Medicine, 7.
 
Gonzales, K. L., Lambert, W. E., Fu, R., Jacob, M., & Harding, A. K. (2014). Perceived Racial Discrimination in Health Care, Completion of Standard Diabetes Services, and Diabetes Control Among a Sample of American Indian Women. The Diabetes Educator, 40(6), 747-755. doi:10.1177/0145721714551422.
 
Jacob, M. M., Augustine, S., Hodge, C., & James, M. (2014). Indigenous Methodology in Practice: Starting a Community-Based Research Center on the Yakama Reservation. Societies Without Borders: Human Rights and the Social Sciences, 9(2), 143-160.
 
Jacob, M. M., Gonzales, K. L., Calhoun, D., Beals, J., Muller, C. J., Goldberg, J., Nelson, L., Welty, T. K., & Howard, B. V. (2013). Psychological trauma symptoms and Type 2 diabetes prevalence, glucose control, and treatment modality among American Indians in the Strong Heart Family Study. Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications, 27(6), 553-557. doi: 10.1016/j.jdiacomp.2013.07.008.
 
Jacob, M. M. (2012). “We Really Listened”: Partnership Building, Indigenous Language Revitalization and Civic Engagement. Feminist Teacher, 22(3), 181-196.
 
Jacob, M. M. (2012). “We wanted those people to see that Indians aren’t stupid”: Identity, Representation, and Resistance in the Cultural Tourism of the Wapato Indian Club. American Indian Quarterly, 36(4), 465-78.
 
Lum, B. C. & Jacob, M. M. (2012). University-Community Engagement, Axes of Difference & Dismantling Race, Gender and Class Oppression. Race, Gender & Class, 19(3-4), 309-24.

Research