Christopher Wetzel


Professor Wetzel studies politics, culture, and social movements with a focus on contemporary indigenous nations. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, followed by a UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles.

His book, One Spirit, One Nation, draws on interviews, ethnography, and archival materials to analyze the process of national revitalization among Potawatomi Indian tribes in the United States and Canada. Wetzel's other current projects include studies of organizations providing training, capacity building, and technical assistance services to tribal nations as well as how race, class, and gender have shaped the history of gaming legalization. His work has appeared in journals such as American Indian Quarterly, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Research in Social Movements, Conflicts, and Change.

Prof. Wetzel welcomes contacts regarding speaking engagements and is particularly interested in hearing from students who want to pursue directed studies and independent research projects.


  • B.A. Sociology, University of Michigan
  • M.A., Ph.D., Sociology, University of California-Berkeley

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Native Americans in the 21st Century
  • Political Sociology
  • Sociological Theories