Michelene E. Pesantubbee

Professor Michelene E. Pesantubbee
Professor Emeritus
PhD, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, 1994

Dr. Pesantubbee joined the University of Iowa faculty in 2003, and retired in 2018.

Research Interests: 
Native American Religious Practice, Religion and Gender, Religion and Violence
Selected Publications: 

(For complete list, please view Dr. Pesantubbee's CV):

  • Choctaw Women in a Chaotic World. Albuquerque:University of New Mexico Press, 2005.
  • “Beyond Domesticity: Choctaw WomenNegotiating the Tension Between Choctaw Culture and Protestantism with new Introduction” in Native Women’s History in Eastern North America before 1900, eds. Rebecca Kugel and Lucy Elerveld Murphy, University of Nebraska, 2007.
  • “Wounded Knee:  Symbol of Resistance and Recovery,” in Recovering Memory: Exposing Religion, Violence, and the Remembrance of Place, eds. Oren Baruch Stier and J. Shawn Landres, University of Indiana Press, 2006.
  • “Religious Studies on the Margins: Decolonizing Our Minds,” in Native Voices: American Indian Identity and Resistance, eds. Richard A. Grounds, George E. Tinker, and David E. Wilkins, University of Kansas Press, 2003.
  • “From Vision to Violence: The Wounded Knee Massacre.”  In Millennialism, Persecution, and Violence, Syracuse University Press, 2000.
  • "When the Earth Shakes:  The Cherokee Prophecies of 1811-12," American Indian Quarterly 17, 3 (Summer 1993):  301-17.
Courses Taught: 

Dr. Pesantubbee regularly taught courses on Native American religious history and religious freedom issues as well as courses on religion and violence in America. 

  • 032:060 (149:060) Intro to Native American Religious Traditions
  • RELS:3976 (149:076) American Indian Environmentalism
  • 032:139 Religion and Violence in America
  • 032:158 (149:158; 131:159) Native American Women and Religious Change
  • RELS:2064 Tricksters, Fools, and Creators
Awards, Honors and Grants: 
  • Program Coordinator, American Indian and Native Studies Program, August 2009 to Present; July 2006 to August 2008.
  • Research Fellowship, Women’s Studies in Religion Program, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University, 2001-02.
  • Member, Program Committee, American Academy of Religion, January 2008 to Present.
  • Executive Secretary, American Academy of Religion, December 2004 to December 2007.
  • Board Member, Women’s Resource and Action Center, January 2007 to Present.