For questions about nominations, please contact:
Brielle Helm or LaDawn Webb
Department of Culture and Humanities
PO Box 1548
Ada, OK 74821
Amanda Cobb-Greetham is an award-winning Chickasaw author and professor who contributes toward the advancement of First American history, culture and academics.
She currently serves the University of Oklahoma (OU) as a professor in the Department of Native American Studies. At OU, her leadership as chair contributed to the elevation of Native American Studies from a program to a department and the establishment of the recently endowed Native Nations Center for research and community engagement.
Cobb-Greetham has been selected for a 2023 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship. The foundation offers fellowships to exceptional individuals in pursuit of scholarship in any field of knowledge or demonstrates creative ability in the arts and exhibit great promise for their future endeavors. She is at work on “Bright, Golden Haze: Oklahoma/Indian Identity in Myth and Memory” for which she received the 2021-2022 Beatrice Shepherd Blane Fellowship at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She has received significant recognition for her previous 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 leading journal of Native American studies, for nine years.
From 2007 to 2012, she served as the Chickasaw Nation 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, Oklahoma, and directed the museums, archives, language programs, as well as the Chickasaw Press. In 2018, she received the Chickasaw Nation’s prestigious Dynamic Woman of the Year Award.
She serves on the board of governors for the Harvard Honoring Nations project. She served on the board of trustees of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian for six years (vice chair 2019-2021). She is the founding president of The Auntie Project, Native Women of Service, a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization.