• Office Hours:

    Fall 2019 - Mondays 11:00am to 12:00nn and by appointment
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Professor
  • Department:

    • Ethnic Studies
  • Education:

    • B.A. University of New Hampshire, J.D. University of Colorado, Mediation Certification Colorado State University


Roe Bubar, J.D. is Professor of Ethnic Studies, Joint Appointed in the School of Social Work and Affiliate Faculty in Women's Studies. Roe is a nationally recognized trainer and expert in interviewing children in child sexual abuse cases and her research interests include sexual violence, child maltreatment in tribal communities, and womyn of color feminisms. Her current research projects include sexual assault of Indigenous women/children, Native youth and STDs, racial and gendered microaggressions and Indigenous peoples, and examining professional power in social work relationships. Roe is a licensed attorney and mediator and she works with state, federal and tribal agencies.

RESEARCH: Health disparities including: sexual violence, child maltreatment, intersectionality, drug endangered children, racial microaggressions experienced by Natives, qualitative inquiry and Indigenous research methods.

TEACHING: ETST 541 Gender, Violence, and Indigenous Peoples, ETST 502 Research Methods, ETST 493 Ethnic Studies Research Methods and Writing, ETST 444/SOC 444 Federal Indian Law and Policy, ETST 425 Indigenous Film and Video, ETST 352/SOWK 352 Indigenous Women, Children, and Tribes, ETST 260 Contemporary Indigenous Issues, ETST 240 Native American Cultural Expressions, ETST 120 Native American Education.


Selected Publications:


Bubar, R., & Vernon, I. (2006). Contemporary Native American issues: Social life and issues. Philadelphia, PN: Chelsea House Publishers.

Referred Journal Articles

Martinez, D. Cespedes, K., Bubar, R., & Souza, C. (2018). When the decolonial goes precolonial: Voices of ancestors, revolutions and beings. International Review of Qualitative Research.

Bubar, R., Cespedes, K., & Bundy-Fazioli, K. (2016). Intersectionality and social work: Omissions of race, class, and sexuality in graduate student learning. Journal of Social Work Education, 52(3), 283-296.

Bubar, R., Rouner, D., Vernon, I., Long, M. & Aungie, B. (2015). Rap about the clap: A qualitative study of American Indian youth and STDs/STIs. American Indian Culture and  Research Journal, 39(2), 53-67.

Rouner, D., Long, M., Bubar, R., & Vernon, I. (2015). Communication and self-concept regarding sexually transmitted infections among rural and urban Native American youth. Howard Journal of Communication, 26, 172-192.

Bubar, R. (2014). Decolonizing sexual violence: Professional Indigenous women shape the research. International Review of Qualitative Research, 6(4), 526-543.

Bundy- Fazioli, K., Quijanos, L., & Bubar, R.  (2013). Graduate student’s perception of professional power in social work practice. Journal of Social Work Education, 49(1), 108-121.

**This Article won the JSWE Award for Best Research Article for volume 49, October 2014.**

Shears, J., Bubar, R., & Hall, R. (2011). Understanding fathering among Native American men. Advances in Social Work, 12(2), 201-217.

Bubar, R., & Bundy-Fazioli, K. (2011). Unpacking race, culture, and class in rural Alaska: Native and non-Native multidisciplinary professional’s perspectives on child sexual abuse. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 20, 1-19.

Bubar, R. (2010). Cultural competence, justice and supervision: Sexual assault against Native women. Journal of Women and Therapy, 33, 55-72.

Bubar, R., & Payne, D. (2006). Methamphetamines and child abuse in Native America. IHS  Provider: A Journal for Health Professionals Working with American Indians and Alaska  Natives, 31(12), 7-9.

Book Chapters

Bubar, R., & Martinez, D. (2017). Trickster as resistance: Neoliberalism impacts on Indigenous research and Indigenous methodologies. In N. Denzin & M. Giradina (Eds.) Qualitative Inquiry and Neoliberalism (pp. 136-150). Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press. Referred.

Bubar, R. (2014). Indigenous women and sexual assault: Implications for intersectionality. In H. Weaver (Ed.), Social issues in contemporary Native America: Reflections from turtle island (pp. 169-185).  Surrey, England: Ashgate Publishers Ltd. Referred.

Fu, M., Holling, M., & Bubar, R. (2012). Dis/Jointed appointments: Solidarity amidst inequity, tokenism and marginalization. In G. Gutierrez y Muhs, Y. Flores, Niemann, C.G. Gonzales & A.P. Harris (Eds.), Presumed incompetent: The intersections of race and  class for women in academia (pp. 250-265). Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 250-265. Referred.

Bubar, R., & Klar, D. (2009). Social work practice with Indigenous peoples and tribal communities. In B. Sheafor & M. Scott (Eds.) Social work: A profession of many faces 12th edition (pp. 437-459). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon Press. Peer Reviewed.

Bubar, R., & Vernon, I. (2003). Native Perspective on Teaching Law and U.S. Policy: The Inclusion of Federal Indian Law and Policy in a College Curriculum. In W. Timpson & S. Canetto (Eds.) Teaching Diversity: Challenges and Complexities, Identities and  Integrity (pp. 153-168). Madison, WI: Atwood Press.

Research Monographs

Sekaquaptewa, P., Bubar, R., & Cooke, J. (2008). A victim-centered approach to crimes against  Indian children: Resource guide and workbook for drafting new or amended tribal laws on crimes against children. Santa Monica, CA: Tribal Law and Policy Institute. Peer Reviewed.

Bubar, R., Winoker, M., & Bartlemay, W. (2007). Perceptions of methamphetamine use in three western tribal communities: Implications for child abuse in Indian Country. Santa Monica, CA: Tribal Law and Policy Institute. Research Monograph.