Michelle M. Jacob, PhD 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 advances 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. Michelle is also tremendously grateful to our More than Human Relations, who inspired her fifth book Huckleberries and Coyotes: Lessons from Our More than Human Relations. Michelle’s most recent book, Fox Doesn’t Wear a Watch: Lessons from Mother Nature’s Classroom, invites us to think more deeply about our relationships with time and place. Michelle’s three latest books are published by Anahuy Mentoring, which Michelle created to further advance her vision of excellence in Indigenous methods. Author royalties from Anahuy Mentoring books are donated to the Sapsik’ʷałá Program to support the next generation of Indigenous teachers. Anahuy Mentoring also offers the popular The Auntie Way Writing Retreats as well as a range of professional development workshops designed to increase productivity using Michelle’s celebrated approach of sharing and growing kindness, fierceness, and creativity in our work and lives.
Michelle blogs at: www.auntieway.com