Dr. Hugh Foley

Dr. Hugh Foley

Adjunct Faculty

"Dr. Hugh Foley teaches contemporary Native American issues. He is a widely published author on subjects relating to the music, film and American Indian history of Oklahoma."

A visiting adjunct faculty member during summer terms, Dr. Hugh Foley is a professor of fine arts at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma. Along with teaching contemporary Native American issues online and Native American history of North America on his televised classes at RSU since 1998, Dr. Foley also hosts weekly Native American current affairs radio programs in Cushing, OK (KUSH) and Claremore (KRSC).

Along with a continuous radio and television broadcasting career since 1977, Dr. Foley earned a Ph.D. in English from Oklahoma State University in 2000, and his M.A. and B.A. from New York University. His award-winning video documentaries on American Indian life, music, and the subject of American Indian mascots in Oklahoma have received thousands of views nationwide on public television, at national conferences, and in many local presentations.

Dr. Foley is also the author of the Oklahoma Music Guide II on New Forums Press, as well as several articles, essays, book reviews, and encyclopedia entries on subjects relating to the music, film and American Indian history of Oklahoma. He has lectured widely on the history of Oklahoma music, to include invited presentations at Yale University, Washington University, University of Oklahoma, Tulsa University, Oklahoma State University, and for International Fulbright Scholars through Tulsa Global Alliance in 2014 and 2015. In 2013, Dr. Foley served as scholarly consultant on This May Be the Last Time, a documentary directed by Sterlin Harjo that appeared at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival prior to worldwide distribution in 2015 on multiple platforms.

At Rogers State University, Dr. Foley teaches cinema and coordinates the university's Native American studies program, advises the Native American Student Association, and serves as academic advisor to the Cherokee Promise Scholar program. Each school year at RSU, he produces a Native American Heritage Festival, stickball workshop, and the annual graduation honor powwow.

He served as the state scholar for New Harmonies, a 2013-14 Smithsonian exhibit about American roots music that toured the state of Oklahoma through sponsorship by the Oklahoma Humanities Council. He is a founding board member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee, and has served as the chair of the induction selection committee since the organization's inception in 1997. A U.S. Army veteran (broadcast journalist), Dr. Foley is also a volunteer bugler for Bugles Across America, a nationwide organization that provides live buglers of taps for veterans' memorial services.

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