Michelle Renee Jacobs

Michelle Renee Jacobs

Associate Professor


313-577-2735 (fax)



Curriculum vitae



Michelle Renee Jacobs

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Social inequalities

  •  Race & ethnicity

  •  Indigenous studies

  •  Qualitative methods

  •  Teaching & learning


PhD, Sociology, Kent State University, 2012

Awards and grants

  • Awards

    WSU President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2020)
    WSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Award (2019)

  •  Grants

    "Achieving Engagement and Success for Commuter Students in Engineering” ($998,732.00); Award #1742486 NSF Division of Undergraduate Education (2018-2023). Principle Investigator: Jeffrey Potoff; Co-Principle Investigators: Mohson Ayoobi, Michelle Jacobs, Marcis Jansons

Selected publications

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


Courses taught by Michelle Renee Jacobs

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022