Environmental Studies

Suzanne Crawford O'Brien

Suzanne Crawford O'Brien

Associate Professor of Religion and Culture

253-535-8107 (office)



Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara, 2003

M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1997

B.A., Willamette University, 1995

Suzanne Crawford O’Brien teaches about the Native American traditions of the Pacific Northwest in addition to a wide range of courses about the religion and culture. She researches questions of healing, place, and ecology, focusing on how religious belief and practice can work to promote ecological and social justice. Her monograph Coming Full Circle: Spirituality and Wellness Among Native Communities in Western Washingtonwas published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2013. Other recent publications include the three volume American Indian Religious Traditions: An Encyclopedia (ABC-CLIO, 2005), Native American Religious Traditions (Prentice Hall and Laurence King, 2007), and Religion and Healing in Native America: Pathways for Renewal (Praeger, 2008).