Dr. Mary Wright has been teaching in AIS as a Senior Lecturer since1999. Dr. Wright has a B.S. in History/Journalism from Portland State University, a M.A. in History from Portland State University and a Ph.D. in History from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, which she received in 1996.
Dr. Wright’s research interests began with her dissertation “The Circle, Broken: Gender, Kinship and The Construction of Difference in the Pacific Northwest, 1811-1850,” an examination of cross-cultural relations in the context of colonialism. Her research interests expanded into 20th and 21st century. She has explored the cultural continuance and symbolic importance of the “Tule Mat Lodge” for the Plateau peoples and is currently researching the history of Indian gaming and casinos in Washington State.
Dr. Wright has published numerous articles and papers that became part of collections and anthologies such as “Re-Claiming Space, Creating Change: The American Indian Women’s Service League and the Seattle Indian Center, 1958-1978” in the forthcoming Keeping the Campfires Going: Native Women's Activism in Urban Communities by Susan Applegate Krouse and Heather A. Howard; “The Women’s Lodge: Constructing Gender on the Pacific Northwest Plateau” in Mary-Ellen Kelm and Lorna Townsend's 2006 In the Days of Our Grandmothers: a Reader in Aboriginal Women’s History in Canada; and an early “Economic Development and Native American Women in the Early Nineteenth Century” appeared in the 3rd & 4th editions of The American Indian, Past and Present by Roger Nichols. Wright also organized and edited More Voices, New Stories: King County, Washington’s First 150 Years, a volume on local history.
Dr. Wright teaches:
AIS 230 - Indian Gaming and Casinos
AIS 240 - North American Women
AIS 271 - North American Indians of the Intermountain West (Plateau)
AIS 435 - Spiritual Encounters: Indigenous Spirituality in the Contact Era