Tracy Neal Leavelle joined the Department of History at Creighton University in 2003, was promoted to associate professor in 2009, and became chair of the department in 2011. He arrived from Smith College, where he was the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities for 2001-2003. He received his Ph.D. in history from Arizona State University in 2001. His teaching and research interests include early American, American Indian, and American religious history as well as interdisciplinary American Studies. He has served as co-director of Creighton's American Studies Program since 2006.
Dr. Leavelle's first book, The Catholic Calumet: Colonial Conversions in French and Indian North America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012), examines the nature of spiritual encounters between Catholic missionaries and American Indians in colonial North America. The work explores such issues as the translation and reception of religious concepts, the impact of gender and generational differences on Native responses to Christianity, and the role of religion in shaping colonial geographies. As an affiliate of the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative he has published (with John Corrigan and Art Remillard) an electronic atlas for teaching and research purposes that documents every known Catholic mission site in colonial North America. His essays have appeared in American Quarterly, Church History, American Indian Quarterly, and as chapters in several edited volumes.
Dr. Leavelle participated in the Young Scholars in American Religion Project at the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in 2006 and 2007. At Creighton, he is an associate of the Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society and is a member of the advisory board for the Native American Studies Program. He also served as president of the Faculty Senate of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2009 to 2011.
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