Texas Tech University

Michael P. Jordan

Preserving Plains Indian Culture Earns Jordan 
The Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award

Kiowa of Oklahoma

Anthropologist Michael Jordan and TTU system chancellor Robert L. DuncanAnthropologist Michael P. Jordan is known for his research and preservation of Plains Indian heritage and material culture. His expertise has led museums throughout the country to seek his counsel on their collections. Now, his expertise has made him one of 15 Texas Tech University System scholars to receive a 2017 Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching and Research Award. These awards recognize excellence in academics and research and are the most prestigious honors granted to faculty members throughout the TTU System.

Jordan, an assistant professor of ethnology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work, focuses his research on the construction and maintenance of indigenous forms of identity, tangible and intangible cultural heritage, and the politics of representation. He explores these topics within the context of Native North America, working closely with federally recognized tribes, including the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, Oklahoma.

The museums that have invited Jordan to consult on their Native American collections include the Brooklyn Art Museum, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, where he was appointed as a research associate in 2014. Outreach and engagement form critical components of Jordan's research, and his field work includes frequent collaboration with native communities.

Jordan received his doctorate in sociocultural anthropology from The University of Oklahoma, and Since 2011 he has secured more than $300,000 in external funding from different sources.

The Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards are made possible through philanthropic gifts to the Chancellor's Council, which has recognized top teaching and research faculty across the Texas Tech University System. To date, 151 faculty have received awards totaling $965,000.

Awardees receive a $5,000 stipend and an engraved medallion.

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