Professor – English, English Program Chair
Ph.D. in English – University of California, Santa Barbara, M.A. in English – University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A. in English and Mexican American Studies – California State University, Dominguez Hills
Dr. Alvarez teaches U.S. Literature with a specialty in U.S. Ethnic Literature. She has enjoyed teaching Native American fiction and poetry. In her spare time, she likes writing poetry.
Professor – Library Science, Native American Studies Librarian
MLIS – Rutgers University, B.A. – Douglass College, M.A./ABD – Rutgers University
Mary Jane has been at the SOU since 1993. Her efforts to acquire Native studies materials for Hannon Library have resulted in one of the strongest collections in the region, with more than 15,000 books, films, journals, and other resources. Mary Jane is available to assist students with their research.
Brook Colley (Wasco, Warm Springs, Eastern Cherokee) (Enrolled: Eastern Band of Cherokee)
Chair & Assistant Professor of Native American Studies
PhD in Native American Studies-University of California, Davis
Dr. Colley is the Chair and an Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at Southern Oregon University. Her teaching and research interests include Queer Indigenous Studies, Native women, Native cinema(s), federal Indian law & policy, intertribal relations & conflict, and community health & healing. Dr. Colley has a forthcoming book titled Reframing Tribal Relations in the Casino Economy that investigates intertribal conflict and coalition in the tribal casino era.
Brent Florendo (Wasco, Warm Springs, Yakima) (Enrolled: Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs)
Native Nations Liaison / Instructor – Native American Studies / Director – Konaway Niika Tillicum
B.A. Southern Oregon University
Brent is of Wasco/Yakama/Warm Springs decent. He is a traditional storyteller, fancy dancer, and drummer as well as an actor, playwright, musician. Brent enjoys recruiting, teaching and working with Native youth and the community at large.
Associate Professor – Associate Professor of History
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, M.A. Portland State University, MAT Lewis and Clark College, B.A. Vassar College
Sean McEnroe spends much of his time studying and teaching about Indigenous America. His first book, From Colony to Nationhood in Mexico, argues that essential elements of Mexican citizenship evolved from an early compact between Spaniards and Native Nations. Prof. McEnroe is currently writing a comparative history of Indian leadership in European empires.
Assistant Professor – Anthropology and International Studies
Ph.D. and M.A. Brown University, B.A. Boston College
Dr. Phillips has been education writer and policy analyst for international development agencies, and has taught at several universities. He specializes in Latin American studies, including Native peoples, human and cultural rights, social change, studies of refugee populations. He he is a third generation descendant of Innu ancestors.
M.A. Community Psychology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks 1990, B.A. Sociology, University of Oregon 1981, (Enrolled Citizen Potawatomi Nation)
David was the Native American Studies director at Southern Oregon University until his retirement in 2015.
David taught core courses in NAS, offering insight into both the historical perspectives as well contemporary Native American issues. His advocacy efforts for Native American Indian education in Oregon is evidenced by the success of Konaway Nika Tillicum, a residential Native American youth summer academy held on the University campus. This academy is a model program in Oregon and the West Coast. David is a member of the Oregon Indian Education Association, the National Indian Education Association, The National Congress of American Indians and serves as the institutional representative for the Southern Region with the Oregon Indian Coalition on Post Secondary Education.
Contact the Native American Studies Program
SOU Native American Studies Program
Division of Humanities and Culture
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520 541.552.6181