Faculty in the Department of History

Wade Davies

Wade Davies


Office: NAC 203A
Email: wade.davies@mso.umt.edu

Field of Study

Navajo health and healing, Native American sports and games



  • National Institue for Staff and Organization Development Award for Teaching Excellence, for teaching services at San Juan College, New Mexico
  • New Mexico Region of Phi Theta Kappa, Dr. Jimmy Miller Advisor Hall of Honor Award
  • Past Appointments:
  • Instructor of History, San Juan College
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
  • Instructor of American Studies, Phoenix College

Selected Publications

Native Hoops: The Rise of American Indian Basketball, 1895-1970. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2020.

Co-authored with Peter Iverson. We Are Still Here: American Indians since 1890. New York: Wiley, 2015.

Co-edited with Rich Clow and Submitted to Scarecrow Press, American Indian Sovereignty and Law: An Annotated Bibliography

Co-authored with Rich Clow, “The St. Francis Mission Indians and the National Interscholastic Catholic Basketball Tournament, 1924-1941.” The International Journal of the History of Sport,23 (March 2006): 213-31.

“Western Medicine and Navajo Healing: Conflict and Compromise” in ed. Robert Johnston, The Politics of Healing. New York: Routledge Press, pp. 83-94.

“Clyde James”; “Egbert Ward”; “Wilson Charles” in ed. C.Richard King, Encyclopedia of Native Americans and Sports. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharp Inc.

Healing Ways: Navajo Health Care in the Twentieth Century. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2001.

“Cornell’s Field Seminar in Applied Anthropology: Social Scientists and American Indians in the Post-war Southwest.” Journal of the Southwest, 43 (Autumn 2001): 317-41.

Co-Author with Peter Iverson. “American-Indian Identities in the Twentieth Century.” Organization of American Historians, Magazine of History, 9 (Summer 1995): 15-21.

“Fred Begay,” in Notable Native Americans, ed. Sharon Malinowski. Detroit: Gale Research, 27-28.


Research Interests

History of Native sporting traditions. Past: Navajo efforts to utilize traditional and Western healing ways.