Mary Jo Tippeconnic Fox

Research Professor
Social Scientist

Harvill 224

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 2-3pm or by appointment

Dr. Fox is Comanche/Cherokee, an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, Research Professor of American Indian Studies (AIS), and affiliate faculty in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona (UA). She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Arizona. At the UA, she is the former head of American Indian Studies, Associate Head of AIS, Assistant Vice-President for Minority Affairs, and Associate to the President for American Indian Affairs. Her teaching and scholarly activities are focused on historical and contemporary American Indian women’s issues, American Indian Studies, and American Indian education with an emphasis on higher education. Dr. Fox has numerous publications and extensive experience working with Native communities and organizations throughout the United States. She is currently President-Elect of the Western Social Science Association (WSSA), and an advisor for the media project, Unladylike, which profiles the contributions of women, including Native women, during the progressive era and scheduled to appear on PBS in 2020.

Her scholarship includes the co-edited book, Serving Native American Students (2005),  one of the first publications to address the lived experiences of Natives (students, faculty, staff & administrators) in higher education.  Dr. Fox’s current scholarly projects are two co-edited book manuscripts: On Indian Ground, the Southwest and American Indian Studies Ph.D. Students Telling Their Stories. A forthcoming chapter, “Protecting Native American Women: Violence Against Women Act 2013,” in Native American Justice Issues: A Book of Readings edited by Marianne Nielsen and Karen Jarratt Snider is scheduled for publication in spring 2020.

She chairs and serves on student committees in American Indian Studies and Higher Education as well as throughout the university. Dr. Fox also advises students interested in the Certificate in American Indian Higher Education.