Coca Cola Professor & Director of Native American Studies, University of Oklahoma
Amanda Cobb-Greetham, Ph.D. (Chickasaw) was named a 2021-2022 Radcliffe Fellow by the Harvard Radcliffe Institute. As a fellow, she will work on Bright, Golden Haze: Oklahoma/Indian Identity in Myth and Memory, a collection of interrelated essays interrogating Oklahoma/Indian myth and memory, places Oklahoma history and mythology at the center of the American story, turning on the perceived fulfillment of manifest destiny and the “conquering” of Native peoples and, specifically, the contestation of such cultural erasure through the production of tribal-specific counter-narratives. The collection includes memoir and critical analysis, archival documents and contemporary cultural texts, and a synthesized, interdisciplinary approach throughout to illustrate the impact of myth and memory on tribal sovereignty and Native lived experience.
Cobb-Greetham serves the University of Oklahoma as a Professor in the Department of Native American Studies. From 2014-2019, she served as the chair of the department. During her tenure at OU, her efforts contributed to the growth and prioritization of Native American Studies and the establishment of the recently endowed OU Native Nations Center of which she served as the founding director.
She has received significant recognition for her scholarship, winning the American Book Award for Listening to Our Grandmothers’ Stories: The Bloomfield Academy for Chickasaw Females. In addition, she is the co-editor of The National Museum of the American Indian: Critical Conversations with Amy Lonetree. She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and served as the editor of American Indian Quarterly, a foremost journal of Native American studies for nine years.
From 2007 to 2012, she served her tribe, the Chickasaw Nation, as the Administrator of the Division of History and Culture. During her tenure, she was instrumental in launching the state-of-the-art Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, OK and directed the museums, archives, language programs, as well as the Chickasaw Press. The Chickasaw Press, the first tribal publishing house of its kind, received the Harvard Award for Excellence in Tribal Self-Governance under her guidance. In 2018, she received the Chickasaw Nation’s prestigious Dynamic Woman Award.
Cobb-Greetham serves on the Board of Trustees of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and held the position of Vice Chair for a two-year term. She serves on the Board of Governors for Honoring Nations, an initiative of the Harvard Project for American Indian Economic Development. She has contributed to the development of the First American Museum in Oklahoma City as a designated Knowledge Giver. She is the founding President of The Auntie Project, Native Women of Service, a 501 (c) 3, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Native American and Indigenous children in need.