Michelle Jacobs

Faculty Profile

Assistant Professor









Selected Publications

Jacobs, Michelle R. 2022. “The Role of Living Traditions in Decolonizing Indigenous Gender in an Urban Environment.” Sociological Forum 37(1): 177-199.

Jacobs, Michelle R. 2022. “‘You Should Be Proud!’ Native-Themed Mascots and the Cultural Reproduction of White Settler Space.” Sociological Inquiry 92(2): 417-441.

Jacobs, Michelle R. 2019. “Resisting and Reifying Racialization among Urban American Indians.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 42(4): 570-588.
*Scholarly Achievement Award winner, North Central Sociological Society (NCSA), 2022

forthcoming: Jacobs, Michelle R. 2023. Indigenous Memory, Urban Reality: Stories of American Indian Relocation and Reclamation. New York: New York University Press.

Courses taught

SOC 1010: Understanding Human Societies, incl. Honors w. Service-Learning
SOC 2200: Sociology as Vocation 1
SOC 2300: Social Inequalities, incl. Honors option
SOC 2300 honors: [special topic] Urban Explorations: Social (In)justice in Detroit
SOC 4010: Sociology as Vocation 2
SOC 4201: Seminar in Race and Ethnicity

SOC 7260: Qualitative Research Methods
SOC 8710: Advanced Seminar: Race/Ethnicity

Research Description

I study racial and ethnic inequalities. My research reveals historical processes that have shaped contemporary meanings applied to racial and ethnic minority group members in the United States. I am particularly interested in how controlling images (or stereotypes) disseminated within the broader society impact the day-to-day lives of racial/ethnic group members. I look at how members of racial/ethnic groups both internalize and resist these false images and ideas. To date I have focused on the impacts of controlling images of Indianness on urban American Indian people, but in the future would like to extend this research to other racial and ethnic minority groups. I am also interested in how race and gender intersect to create unique experiences of oppression and strategies of resistance for members of historically oppressed groups.

Affiliated Departments