Teaching Faculty

Michele Statz

Michele Statz is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She is also Affiliated Faculty with the University of Minnesota Law School and an Affiliated Scholar with the American Bar Foundation. Michele is trained as an anthropologist of law and is a leading researcher in rural and Indigenous access to justice. Her work is generously funded by the National Science Foundation and the Research for Indigenous Social Action and Equity (RISE) Center at the University of Michigan. Michele is the founder of the Law and Rurality Collaborative Research Network, and she is presently a member of the Federal Rural Justice Task Force and the National Advisory Council for Frontline Justice. Michele’s other ongoing work includes interdisciplinary and mixed-media projects on global youth and mobility; working class identity; rural housing precarity; and immigration lawyering. Her first book, Lawyering an Uncertain Cause: Immigration Advocacy and Chinese Youth in the U.S. (Vanderbilt U Press), was published in 2018. Statz holds a PhD in Anthropology and a graduate certificate in Comparative Law and Society Studies from the University of Washington.

  • June 24 - June 27
    • Indigenous Studies
    • Politics & Law


      Holden Village is a community where your questions are valued and encouraged. Most programs led by visiting teaching faculty occur during the summer months. However, Holden also invites faculty to teach sessions for special events and retreats throughout the rest of the year.
      Check out a list of the 2024 Summer Faculty.