Brian Clearwater

Part-Time Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Religious Studies: Religion, Race, and Law in Native American and Indigenous Studies; Postcolonial Theory


  • Office: Fowler 413
  • Email: bclearwater@oxy.edu
  • Phone: (323) 259-2566
  • Office Hours: M 1:00-2:00pm; W 3:00-4:00pm

Education: B.A. University of Tennessee; M.A., PhD., University of California, Santa Barbara

Brian studies religion, race, and law in (native) America. He understands religion as a social terrain on which people contest the meaning of human nature. As such, these claims serve to construct identity around in-groups and thus form out-groups. These dynamics are prevalent in urban, diaspora contexts where diverse sets of people interact. Brian's research focuses on these issues in the American Indian urban diaspora, where ceremony, art, and activism are rekindling native cultural power in diverse coalitions. He develops these themes in courses such as “Shamanism and Spirit Possession,” “Religion and Law,” “Native American Religions,” and “American Indians and the Urban Diaspora."