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Stan Thayne

Stan Thayne

Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Religion


My current research focuses on religious identity in American Indian and First Nations in North America, particularly among Native American Mormons. My work contributes to theorizing Indigeneity through an ethnographic examination of religious identities in which the indigenous and the colonial become entangled in the formation of modern Indigenous subjectivities. My current book project is an ethnographic study of Indigenous Mormon identity in the Catawba, Shoshone, confederated Blackfoot, and Hopi nations.

Teaching Areas

Religion in American Indian nations, ethnography, settler colonial studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, anthropology and religion, borderlands, diaspora, religion and the environment.


  • REL 116: Religion and Native America
  • REL 290-A/ENVS 202: Religion, Nature, and Ecology
  • REL 290-B/ANTH 247: Religion and Anthropology
  • ANTH 247: Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Peoples
  • ANTH 347: Decolonizing Methodologies: Ethnography and Indigenous Peoples
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