Michelle M. Jacob is an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation and is currently Professor of Indigenous Studies in the Department of Education Studies at the University of Oregon, where she also serves as Affiliated Faculty in the Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies, and Affiliated Faculty in the Environmental Studies Program. Michelle engages in scholarly and activist work that seeks to understand and work toward a holistic sense of health and well-being within Indigenous communities and among allies who wish to engage decolonization. Michelle’s first two books, Yakama Rising: Indigenous Cultural Revitalization, Activism, and Healing, and, Indian Pilgrims: Indigenous Journeys of Activism and Healing with Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, were published by the University of Arizona Press. Dr. Jacob’s third book, On Indian Ground: A Return to Indigenous Knowledge-Generating Hope, Leadership and Sovereignty through Education in the Northwest, was co-edited with Stephany RunningHawk Johnson, and published by Information Age Publishing. Michelle has numerous articles published in social science, education, and health science research journals, and grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation. Her research areas of interest include: Indigenous methodologies, spirituality, health, education, Native feminisms, and decolonization. Michelle is grateful to all her family and friends for their love and support, including her many blessed Aunties, who inspired The Auntie Way: Stories Celebrating Kindness, Fierceness, and Creativity, her fourth book.
Michelle blogs at: www.auntieway.com