John Mihelich is Interim Dean and Associate Professor in the College of Letters Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Idaho. His research and teaching are in the areas of social class, religion, diversity, pedagogy and community.
As a cultural anthropologist focusing on the U.S., John brings his understanding of the dynamics of culture, practice and a range of research methods to the team. He has conducted ethnographic research on the mining community of Butte, Montana, and, more locally, he studied rural health care access with low-income people in Idaho communities as part of a five-state study. He also has an ongoing project involving contemporary religious practice among young adults in the United States. He has turned most of his research energies toward the STEM Education Research Project involving the design, analysis and interpretation of data from the focus groups and the survey phases of the project.