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Michele M. Stephens, Ph.D.

NAS Program Committee

Associate Professor of Latin American History
Latin American Studies Faculty Fellow
Phi Alpha Theta/History Club Faculty Advisor
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Stephens received her bachelor of arts degree in history from Rutgers University, an M.A. in history from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Oklahoma. She has a personal and professional interest in global indigenous issues, human rights, and Latin America.

Her research delves into the relationships between communities in Latin America and how communities form in response to internal and external stressors. “In my current project, titled “Under the Eyes of God: Protecting Land and Life in the Huichol Sierra of Western Mexico, 1723-1940,” I examine the ways in which the Huichols have selectively adapted elements of Spanish and Mexican culture as a way to insulate their indigenous practices from external forces, beliefs, and stressors.”