Denise E. Bates is an historian and assistant professor of leadership and integrative studies and a senior sustainability scholar with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Her scholarship examines leadership, activism, community development, and sustainable well-being among Indigenous peoples of the 20th century U.S. South. She was the 2019 recipient of the "Outstanding Research Award, Senior Distinguished Scholar" from the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. In addition, she received the “Outstanding Faculty-Directed Program Award for Fostering Global Citizenship” for her role in leading the “Indigenous Peoples of Belize: Leadership, Innovation, and Sustainable Well-Being,” a pre-spring study abroad program offered to both graduate and undergraduate students. Professor Bates is a Senior Ford Foundation Fellow who also received a grant from Princeton University in 2018 to serve as a visiting researcher. Professor Bates authored multiple publications, including Basket Diplomacy: Leadership, Alliance-Building, and Resilience among the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, 1884-1984 (University of Nebraska Press, 2020), We Will Always Be Here: Native Peoples on Living and Thriving in the South (University Press of Florida, 2016), and The Other Movement: Indian Rights and Civil Rights in the Deep South (University of Alabama Press, 2012). Her most recent book, co-authored with Dr. Linda Langley, entitled Louisiana Coushatta Basket Makers: Traditional Knowledge, Resourcefulness, and Artistry as a Means of Survival (Louisiana State University Press) will be released in 2021. As an advocate of community-based history, Professor Bates collaborates on projects that build tribal oral history collections, as well as archival and historical repositories. She is a professional project manager (PMP certified) and uses her training to manage or serve as a consultant for a variety of public facing history and humanities-based projects.
Bates has designed and taught courses in History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Studies, Organizational Leadership, and Project Management. She also has been involved in designing and implementing new instructional technologies at ASU and served as the faculty-lead on a Gates Foundation-funded grant that resulted in the development and implementation of adaptive courseware for two U.S. history courses. The courseware is now being implemented by several universities across the country. Most recently, she has been developing and offering undergraduate courses on project management to students looking to work in a variety of industry domains and disciplines and has taken on the role of director of the Master of Project Management degree currently under development.