Suzanne Crawford O’Brien

Professor of Religion and Culture

Suzanne Crawford O'Brien

Office Location:Hauge Administration Building - Room 227-C

  • Professional
  • Biography

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Chair of Native American and Indigenous Studies

Education

  • Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara, 2003
  • M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1997
  • B.A., Willamette University, 1995

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Native American Religious Traditions
  • Religious Diversity in North America
  • Health, Healing, and Religious and Cultural Diversity

Books

  • Religion and Culture in Native America (Rowman and Littlefield 2020) : View Book
  • Coming Full Circle: Spirituality and Wellness Among Native Communities in the Pacific Northwest (University of Nebraska Press 2014) : View Book
  • Religion and Healing in Native America: Pathways for Renewal (Praeger 2008) : View Book
  • Native American Religious Traditions (Pearson 2006) : View Book
  • American Indian Religious Traditions: An Encyclopedia (3 Volume set) co-edited with Dennis Francis Kelley (ABC-CLIO 2005) : View Book

Accolades

  • 2014-2015 K.T. Tang Faculty Excellence Award for Research

Biography

Suzanne Crawford O’Brien’s area of specialization is Religion and Culture, with emphases in Native American religious traditions, and comparative studies of minority religious communities in North America, including religion and healthcare, gender and ethnicity, and religion and popular culture. Her research interests address questions of healing, place, and ecology, and how religious belief and practice can work to promote ecological and social justice. Most recently, she published Religion and Culture in Native America (Rowman and Littlefield, 2020) an introductory textbook intended for undergraduate classrooms and general readers, written in collaboration with her mentor Dr. Inés Talamantez. Other publications include  Coming Full Circle: Spirituality and Wellness Among Native Communities in Western Washington (University of Nebraska Press, 2014), Religion and Healing in Native America: Pathways for Renewal (Praeger, 2008), Native American Religious Traditions (Prentice Hall and Laurence King, 2007), and the three-volume American Indian Religious Traditions: An Encyclopedia (ABC-CLIO, 2005).

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