Dr. Dees class visit, McClung Museum


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current position

  • Luce Postdoctoral Fellow in Religion, Politics, and Global Affairs and Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Northwestern University

previous employment


  • PhD, Religion in the Americas + American Studies minor, Indiana University, 2015
  • MA, Religious Studies + American Indian & Native Studies certificate, University of Iowa, 2009
  • BA, Religious Studies & English/Creative Writing, University of Kansas, 2007

honors, grants, & fellowships

  • National Endowment for the Humanities: NEH Summer Scholar, Problems in the Study of Religion
  • American Philosophical Society: Phillips Fund for Native American Research
  • U.S. Department of Education: FLAS <Foreign Language & Area Studies> Fellowship
  • Indiana University: Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Native American & Indigenous Studies Fellowship, Won-Joon Yoon Award for diversity & tolerance, College of Arts & Sciences Travel Award, Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity in Society Travel Award, College Arts & Humanities Institute Travel Award, Indiana Graduate Student & Professional Organization Travel Award, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies Summer Field Research Grant, Religious Studies Department paper prize
  • University of Iowa:  University of Iowa Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students research grant & travel grant

teaching awards

  • University of Tennessee: F. Stanley Lusby and John O. Hodges Teaching Award, Department of Religious Studies
  • Indiana University: Leiber Memorial Teaching Award

professional engagement

Dr. Dees class visit, McClung Museum
Dr. Dees’s Religion in Museums class visits the Archaeology and the Native Peoples of Tennessee gallery to discuss how the objects give a voice to the Native peoples of Southeast and their lifestyle, rituals, and daily activities (K. Pack, 2016)