Featured Faculty

The AMST@IUPUI aligns faculty mentors with research centers and external partners. Below are a few examples of faculty mentors.

Courtney Elkin Mohler is Assistant Professor of American Studies and the Founding Director of the Office of Intercultural Literacy, Capacity and Engagement. Mohler teaches courses in American Cultural Studies, Native American Studies, American Theater, Critical Race Theory and Performance Studies.

Color Pink Courtney Mohler[1]Due to her lifelong obsession for making theater, she has acted in and directed over forty productions.  Some of her recent directing credits include “What Would Crazy Horse Do?” by Larissa FastHorse, Michael Redhill’s “Goodness,” and “Burning Vision” by Marie Clements (SCU Fess Parker Studio Theater.)  Bridging her research and artistic interests, she has worked closely with Project HOOP (Honoring our Origins and our Peoples through Native American Theater) and the professional Native American theatre company Native Voices at the Autry.

Specializing in Native American Theater, Critical Race Theory, Performance Studies and Historiography, Mohler has contributed a chapter to American Indian Performing Arts: Critical Directions (2009) and The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Indian Issues Today (2013), and has published articles, performance and book reviews in Theatre Topics, Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, Platform, Theatre Research International, Latin American Theatre Review and Text and Presentation.

Dr. Mohler holds a Ph.D. in Critical Studies in Theater from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was awarded the Cota Robles Diversity Fellowship from 2002-2006 and the Institute of American Cultures Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in American Indian Studies from 2006-2007.  She arrives to Indy by way of California, where she served as an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance at Santa Clara University before deciding to trade in traffic and sunshine for corn and basketball.


SteenslandBrian Steensland is Professor of Sociology at IUPUI and Director of Social Science Research at the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture. From 2002 to 2014 he was a faculty member in the sociology department at Indiana University-Bloomington. He earned a PhD in sociology at Princeton University in 2002.Professor Steensland’s research interests include religion, culture, civic engagement, and politics in contemporary American society. Current projects include a study of religion and urban revitalization in Indianapolis, and a study of American religious and spiritual practices. He is also working on a book-length treatment of recent theory and research on cultural aspects of religion.

Steensland’s books include The New Evangelical Social Engagement (Oxford, 2014), co-edited with Philip Goff, and The Failed Welfare Revolution (Princeton, 2008), which won the Mary Douglas Prize and the award for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship in Political Sociology. He has published research articles and book chapters on topics such as religious classification, American evangelicals and contemporary politics, mainline Protestantism and welfare reform, and Christianity and free-market economics. His co-authored article “The Measure of American Religion” (Social Forces, 2000) won the Best Article Award in the Sociology of Religion. His article “Cultural Categories and the American Welfare State” (American Journal of Sociology, 2006) won the Best Article Award in the Sociology of Culture.

Steensland teaches undergraduate courses on social problems, social theory, and religion and society, and graduate seminars on sociological theory, sociology of religion, cultural analysis, political sociology, and textual analysis. He twice won Indiana University’s Trustee’s Teaching Award and also received the Edwin H. Sutherland Excellence in Teaching Award. 


GuilianoDr. Jennifer Guiliano received a Bachelors of Arts in English and History from Miami University (2000), a Masters of Arts in History from Miami University (2002), and a Masters of Arts (2004) in American History from the University of Illinois before completing her Ph.D. in History at the University of Illinois (2010). She currently holds a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

She has served as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant and Program Manager at the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (2008-2010) and as Associate Director of the Center for Digital Humanities (2010-2011) and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of South Carolina. She most recently held a position as Assistant Director at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland where she also served as an adjunct instructor in the Department of History and the Digital Cultures program in the Honor’s College.

Dr. Guiliano currently serves on the Association for Computing in the Humanities (ACH) Executive Council (2013-2016), as co-director with Trevor Muñoz of the Humanities Intensive Teaching + Learning Initiative (HILT), and as co-author with Simon Appleford of DevDH.org, a resource for digital humanities project development.

An award-winning teacher and scholar, Dr. Guiliano is currently in-press with her forthcoming monograph Indian Spectacle: College Mascots and the Anxiety of Modern America, which traces the appropriation, production, dissemination, and legalization of Native American images as sports mascots in the late 19th and 20th centuries. She is also completing her co-authored work Getting Started in the Digital Humanities.