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Brian Clearwater

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Occidental College

Education

  • University of California, Santa Barbara

    • 2014 Ph.D., Religious Studies
    • 2014 Certificate in College and University Teaching, Interdisciplinary education
    • 2006 M.A., Religious Studies
  • University of Tennessee

    • 1999 Bachelor of Arts, Religious Studies

Experience

  • Occidental College

    • 1/2016 - Present Adjunct Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
  • California State University at Northridge

    • 8/2014 - 12/2017 Lecturer in Religious Studies
  • University of Central Missouri

    • 1/2017 - 6/2017 Lecturer in Religious Studies
  • University of California, Santa Barbara

    • 9/2008 - 4/2009 Law and Society Program Teaching Associate
    • 9/2013 - 4/2015 Religious Studies Lecturer
    • 9/2007 - 6/2009 Law and Society Program Lead Teaching Assistant

Presentations

  • “Chaining Yourself to a Bulldozer…And Other Acts of Prayer: Native American Climate Activism and Religious Resistance”

    11/2016 University of Central Missouri

  • Native Americans and American Religious Pluralism

    7/2016 Study of the U.S. Institute: Religious Pluralism and Public Presence (UC Santa Barbara)

  • (Native) American Hybridity: Theorizing Decolonization through Religion and Healing

    5/2016 Wellesley College

  • Indigenous Religions in Cosmopolitan Perspective: Decolonizing the Global Center

    4/2016 American Academy of Religion, Western Region

  • Religion and Healing in Urban Indian Country

    3/2015 American Academy of Religion, Western Region

Courses Taught

  • American Indians and the Urban Diaspora

    Undergraduate

    Occidental College

  • Native American Religious Traditions

    Undergraduate

    Occidental College, UC Santa Barbara

  • Religion and Law

    Undergraduate

    Occidental College

  • Shamanism and Spirit Possession

    Undergraduate

    Occidental College

  • Religion and Healing in Native America

    Undergraduate

    University of California at Santa Barbara

  • Religion in America

    Undergraduate

    California State University at Northridge

  • Indigenous Legal Movements

    Undergraduate

    University of California at Santa Barbara

  • Religion and Ecology in the Americas

    Undergraduate

    University of California at Santa Barbara

  • Contemporary Ethical Issues

    Undergraduate

    California State University at Northridge

  • Introduction to Religious Studies

    Undergraduate

    California State University at Northridge

  • World Religions

    Undergraduate

    California State University at Northridge

Publications

  • Ayahuasca/Yagé Religion

    2012 Encyclopedia of Global Religions

  • Entries on “Art (Traditional and Contemporary), Northeast; Oral Traditions, Northeast; Religious Leadership, Northeast; and Revitalization and Retraditionalism, Northeast

    2005 ABC- CLIO: Santa Barbara

Service

  • American Academy of Religion Western Region

    3/2017 - Present Regional Coordinator

  • American Academy of Religion, Western Region

    1/2014 - Present Co-Chair Indigenous Religions