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Name: Luke Eric Lassiter
Title: Professor of Humanities and Anthropology; Director of the Graduate Humanities Program
Office: Graduate Humanities @ MUGC
Phone: 304-746-1923
Expert: Anthropology; Qualitative Research Methods; Collaborative Ethnography; Race and Ethnicity; Ethnomusicology; Sociolinguistics, Culture, and Communication; Religion, Belief and Worldview; Folklore; Engaged, Product-Based Pedagogy

Research Based:

Invitation to Anthropology, 2nd ed. AltaMira/Rowman & Littlefield (2006).

The Chicago Guide to Collaborative Ethnography. University of Chicago Press (2005).

Powwow: Native American Performance, Identity, and Meaning. Co-edited with Clyde Ellis and Gary H. Dunham. University of Nebraska Press (2005).

The Other Side of Middletown: Exploring Muncie’s African American Community. Co-authored with Hurley Goodall, Elizabeth Campbell, Michelle Natasya Johnson, and the students of BSU’s “Other Side of Middletown” seminar. AltaMira/Rowman & Littlefield (2004).

Signifying Serpents and Mardi Gras Runners: Representing Identity in Selected Souths. Co-edited with Celeste Ray. University of Georgia Press (2003).

Invitation to Anthropology. AltaMira/Rowman & Littlefield (2002).

The Jesus Road: Kiowas, Christianity, and Indian Hymns. Co-authored with Clyde Ellis and Ralph Kotay. University of Nebraska Press (2002).

The Power of Kiowa Song: A Collaborative Ethnography. University of Arizona Press (1998; second paperback printing, 2001).


“Collaborative Ethnography and Public Anthropology.” Current Anthropology 46(1):83-97; 101-106 (2005).

“Collaborative Ethnography.” AnthroNotes 25(1):1-14 (2004).

“Music.” In Companion Guide to the Anthropology of American Indians, edited by Thomas Biolsi, pp. 196-211. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers (2004).

“Theorizing the Local.” Anthropology News 44(5):13 (2003).

“The Muncie Race Riots of 1967, Representing Community Memory through Public Performance, and Collaborative Ethnography between Faculty, Students and the Local Community” (with Lee Papa). Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 32(2):147-66 (2003).

“Kiowa: On Song and Memory.” In Social Memory and History: Anthropological Perspectives, edited by Jacob Climo and Maria Cattell, pp. 131-41. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press (2002).

“Understanding the Power of Tradition in Native American Lives.” Anthropology News 43(5):9 (2002).

“Native American Music.” Alexander M. Bracken Library Publications, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (2002).

“From ‘Reading Over the Shoulders of Natives’ to ‘Reading Alongside Natives’, Literally: Toward a Collaborative and Reciprocal Ethnography.” Journal of Anthropological Research 57 (2):137-49 (2001).

“‘From Here On, I Will Be Praying to You’: Indian Churches, Kiowa Hymns, and Native American Christianity in Southwestern Oklahoma.” Ethnomusicology 45(2):338-52 (2001).

“Engaging a Localized Public Anthropology.” Anthropology News 42(2):7-8 (2001).

“Authoritative Texts, Collaborative Ethnography, and Native American Studies.” American Indian Quarterly 24(4):601-14 (2000).

“Students Consider Relevance.” Anthropology News 40(7):17-18 (1999).

“We Keep What We Have by Giving it Away.” Anthropology Newsletter 40(1):3, 7 (1999).

“‘Who Am I? I Am the One Who Sits in the Middle’: A Conversation with Billy Evans Horse, former Kiowa Tribal Chairman (1982-1986, 1994-1998).” American Indian Quarterly 23(2):59-69 (1999).

“Southwestern Oklahoma, the Gourd Dance, and Charlie Brown.” In Contemporary Native American Cultural Issues, edited by Duane Champagne, pp. 145-66. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press (1999).

“On Inherent Sovereignty: A Perspective from Billy Evans Horse, Kiowa Tribal Chairman.” Co-authored with Billy Evans Horse. St. Thomas Law Review 10(1):79-86 (1997).

Professional/Community Based Service:

Director of the Graduate Humanities Program, Marshall University Graduate College (2005-present).

General Anthropology Division Board, American Anthropological Association, member (2004-present).

Consultations: National Museum of the American Indian, New York Times Television, Oklahoma Historical Society, Minnetrista Cultural Center (Muncie, Indiana), Community Mediation Team (Muncie, Indiana) (1998-present).

Reader: University of Chicago Press, University of Nebraska Press, University of Arizona Press, American Indian Quarterly, Human Organization, University Press of Kansas, Pacific Historical Review, McGraw-Hill, AltaMira Press(1998-present).

Director of the Kiowa Education Fund, Satethieday Khatgomebaugh, Inc., Anadarko, Oklahoma (1997-present).

Co-editor (with Celeste Ray) of Southern Anthropologist, Southern Anthropological Society (1993-present).

TEAMwork for Quality Living, member, Muncie, Indiana (2003-2004).

Editor of “Anthropologists Acting Locally” Series, Anthropology News (2002-2004).



2005 Margaret Mead Award, American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology (2006).

Indiana African American History Award, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Indiana Holiday Commission (2004).

Phi Kappa Phi (2004).

Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry Fellow, Muncie, Indiana (2003).

Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (2001).

Satethieday Khatgomebaugh Kiowa Service Award, Satethieday Khatgomebaugh, Inc., Anadarko, Oklahoma (1999).

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