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Michelle Jacob

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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.


Dr. Jacob’s research areas of interest include: Indigenous educational frameworks, health, Native feminisms, and decolonization.