Carolee Dodge FrancisEcology of Human Well-Being (EcoWell) Professor | Department Chair and Professor of Civil Society & Community Studies

As a Native American (Oneida Nation) researcher and evaluator, I strive to weave innovative ideas and sustainable partnerships to build and enhance the well-being of Indigenous communities, by intertwining community engagement, and cultural understanding within a contemporary context. My 35+ years of research and evaluation promotes kinship with communities and the academy, through a praxis of evidence-based, culturally responsive, and community specific engagement. I am passionate about involving students and faculty development within a framework of Indigenous kinship, cultural humility, and mentorship.

Selected Publications

Dodge Francis, C., Bowman, N., & King, S. (2023). Kinship pathways: Nurturing and sustaining resilient, responsible, and respected Indigenous evaluators. New Directions for Evaluation, Special Issue: Preparing the 21st Century Evaluator: Critically defined and responsive education and training, Spring 2023(177), 145-152.

Satterfield, D., DeBruyn, L. D., Dodge Francis, C., Lofton, T., Zoumenou, V., DeCora, L., & Wesner, C. (2023). “Make Stories That Will Always Be There:” Eagle Books’ Appeal, Sustainability, and Contributions to Public Health, 2006–2022. Preventing Chronic Disease, 20, 220315.

Williams, T. M., & Dodge Francis, C. (2022). Third spaces and opioid use within Black communities of Dane County: a qualitative secondary data analysis. Journal of Community Practice30(3), 332-350.

Burton, T., Andrews, J., Murphy-Belcaster, M., Thompson-Robinson, M., Dodge Francis, C., Traylor, D., Anderson, E., Ricker, K., & King, S. (2020). Stress and Coping among American Indian and Alaska Natives in the Age of COVID-19. American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 44(2), 49–70.

For a full list of publications, see Dodge Francis’ CV.

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  • Civil Society & Community Studies

Degree Program

  • PhD Human Ecology: Civil Society & Community Research



  • EdD, Educational Leadership, University of St. Thomas
  • MA, Community Education/Allied Health, University of St. Thomas
  • BS, Communications, University of Minnesota


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