Michael J. Zogry

Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Director of Indigenous Studies
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Dr. Zogry joined the Religious Studies Department as a lecturer in Spring 2003 and as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2003. After serving as Acting Director during the Fall 2011 term, Zogry was appointed Director of the Indigenous Studies Program in Spring 2012. His areas of specialty are Native American / First Nations religions, and theory and method in the study of religions, with particular attention to the study of ritual. His first book, "Anetso, the Cherokee Ball Game: At the Center of Ceremony and Identity," was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2010. It was one of the inaugural volumes in the series First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies. Zogry is currently working on a book about James Naismith?s religious beliefs and how they influenced his creation of the game of basketball.


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