Pamela Bennett

Pamela D. Bennett, PhD

Pamela D. Bennett, PhD
Assistant Professor, Adjunct

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Humanities Center 230

Pamela Bennett

Pamela D. Bennett teaches Native studies in the Department of History. With a focus on Native culture, gender, and law and policy, Dr. Bennett?s research specialty is dedicated to the experiences of Native American women veterans. She asserts that it is through understanding the indigenous perspective of history and contemporary Native issues that thoughtful and positive changes may be made, walls and stereotypes torn down, and supportive recognition for Native issues made possible. Although Native Studies was once created to engage Native students with a culturally relevant academic experience, its very success has now emphasized the importance of Native studies in the non-Native academic community. She employs a variety of methodologies and resource materials to engage students in a participatory learning experience. These include lectures, readings (primary and secondary sources), films/documentaries, service learning, and guest speakers from the Native community. Dr. Bennett is Cherokee from her father?s side. She is actively engaged with her culture and with Native issues.


PhD (2012) Department of History, University of Arizona
MA (2004) American Indian Studies, University of Arizona
BA (2002) Department of History, University of Arizona (Summa Cum Laude, Honors Track)

Courses Taught

The Native American World
Issues of the Native American Experience: Native Americans in Film
Introduction to Native Studies
Native American Culture and Health (co-taught with Dr. Vickie Roche, Senior Associate Dean, Pharmacy)


In Progress: Book Proposal – Sometimes Freedom Wears a Woman’s Face: American Indian Women Veterans of World War II

Cultural Resiliency and Peoplehood: Native Women and Feminism, Book Chapter in, The Power of Peoplehood: Contemporary Indigenous Community, Drs. Jeff Corntassle and Tom Holm, Eds., University of Texas Press. Publication date unknown.

Bennett, Pamela D. and Tom Holm, “The Legacy of American Indian Participants in World War II,” Handbook of Native North America, Contemporary Indian Society, Vol. 2, 2008.

Book Review: “From Warriors to Soldiers: The History of Native American Service in the United States Military,” by Gary Robinson and Phil Lucas, in American Indian Cultural and Research Journal, Vol. 33, No. 3, American Indian Studies Center, UCLA, 2009.


American Indian College Fund Dissertation Fellowship Grant (2010)
GATES Millennium Scholar (American Indian) (2000)
Phi Beta Kappa (2000)
Bathi Award Outstanding Indian Senior Graduate, University of Arizona (2000)