Assistant Professor, Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Urban Systems Engineering 240
Arizona State University
PO Box 870604
Tempe, AZ 85287-0604
- Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
- Assistant Professor, Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Denise E. Bates is an historian and assistant professor of leadership and interdisciplinary studies. Her scholarship examines leadership, activism, and community development among Indigenous peoples of the 20th century U.S. South. She was the 2019 recipient of the "Outstanding Research Award, Senior Distinguished Scholar" from the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. In addition, she received the “Outstanding Faculty-Directed Program Award for Fostering Global Citizenship” for her role in leading the “Indigenous Peoples of Belize: Leadership, Innovation, and Sustainable Well-Being,” a pre-spring study abroad program offered to both graduate and undergraduate students. Professor Bates is a Senior Ford Foundation Fellow who also received a grant from Princeton University in 2018 to serve as a visiting researcher. Professor Bates authored multiple publications, including "We Will Always Be Here: Native Peoples on Living and Thriving in the South" (2016) and "The Other Movement: Indian Rights and Civil Rights in the Deep South" (2012). Her forthcoming book, "Basket Diplomacy: Leadership, Alliance-Building, and Resilience among the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, 1884-1984," is in press with the University of Nebraska Press (February 2020). As an advocate of communitybased history, Professor Bates collaborates on projects that build tribal oral history collections, as well as archival and historical repositories. She is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and uses her training to manage or serve as a consultant for a variety of public facing history and humanities-based projects. Bates has designed and taught courses in History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Studies and Organizational Leadership. She has also been involved in designing and implementing new instruction technologies at ASU and served as the faculty-lead on a Gates Foundation-funded grant that resulted in the development and implementation of adaptive courseware for two U.S. history courses. The courseware is now being implemented by several universities across the country. Most recently, she has been developing and offering courses on project management to students looking to work in a variety of industry domains and disciplines.
- PhD, History, University of Arizona, 2007
- MA, American Indian Studies, University of Arizona, 2000
- BA, American Indian Studies, Humboldt State University, 1998
Bates, D. E. 2017. What's in a seal? How a fish came to represent the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana. Southern Cultures 23(3):. (link )
Bates, D. E. 2016. Reshaping Southern identity and politics: Indian activism during the Civil Rights Era. Native South 9:125-151. DOI: 10.1353/nso.2016.0003. (link )
Bates, D. E. 2020. Basket Diplomacy: Leadership, Alliance-Building, and Resilience among the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, 1884-1984. University of Nebraska Press. ISBN: 978-1496212085.
Bates, D. E. ed. 2016. We Will Always Be Here: Native Peoples on Living and Thriving in the South. University Press of Florida. Gainesville, FL. ISBN: 978-0813062631.
Bates, D. E. 2012. The Other Movement: Indian Rights and Civil Rights in the Deep South. The University of Alabama Press. Tuscaloosa, AL. ISBN: 978-0817317591.
deLuse, S. R. and D. E. Bates. 2012. Arizona State University. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN: 978-0738595450.
Bates, D. E. and S. Kiko. 2010. Images of America: Goodyear. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN: 978-0738571171.