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Rodney Frey

Rodney Frey, Ph.D.


Office: Phinney 116
Phone: (208) 885-6268
Email: rfrey@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Department of Sociology & Anthropology - University of Idaho
P.O. Box 441110
Moscow, ID 83844-1110

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Director of General Education, Professor of Ethnography

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 1998


  • Research/Focus Areas
    • The Indigenous Peoples of the North American Plateau and Plains, and the confluence of their oral traditions and Euro-American contact history
    • Research Methodology, working collaboratively on applied projects with Indeginous Peoples
    • World Religions: Indigenous, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam
    • Indigenous curriculum development
  • Biography

    Rodney Frey is a Professor of Ethnography. Over the last four decades he has been associated with and conducting various applied, collaborative projects with the Apsáalooke (Crow) of Montana, the Schitsu’umsh (Coeur d'Alene) and Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) of Idaho, and the Confederated Warm Springs Tribes of Oregon.

    Among his primary teachers, and to whom he acknowledges his indebtedness to, are Tom and Susie Yellowtail, Lawrence Aripa, Josiah and D’Lisa Pinkham, Cliff and Lori SiJohn, Alvin Howe, and Rob and Rose Moran.

    In August 2012, Rodney accepted the position of Director of General Education.  He continues to teach courses on Indigenous cultures and assist graduate students in their research.

  • Selected Publications

  • Research Projects
    • My current research and writing endeavor is tentatively called, "Huckleberries: Stories from the American Indian Experience."  It is an attempt to bring together all the lessons I've learned from working with Tribal elders over the last four decades, and offer an ethnographic methodology and pedagogical approach to researching, understanding, presenting and teaching American Indian culture.  In so doing considering, there are critical implications for our humanity as well.
  • Outreach Projects

    Applied, collaborative research with the Crow of Montana (since 1974), the Coeur d'Alene of Idaho (since 1990) and Nez Perce of Idaho (since 1995), and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon (since 2001), along with other American Indian communities focusing of indigenous oral tradition and ethnography (including epistemology, oral narratives, language, sense of place, spiritual and artistic expression, cultural change and Euro-American contact history), Natural Resource Damage Assessment, and indigenous curriculum development.

  • Awards and Honors
    • Teaching Excellence Award 2012
    • Distinguished Humanities Professor 2011-12 - College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences
    • UNITY Service Medallion, UNITY Student Organization and the Office of Multicultural Affairs 2006
    • Research Excellence Award 2005
    • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Faculty Service Award 2003
    • Humanities Fellow, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences 2002-03