Rebecca "Monte" Kugel
Associate Professor of History
Ph.D., UCLA, 1986

Areas of specialization: Native American history and United States social history

(951) 827-1876


Rebecca "Monte" Kugel was born on August 10, 1952, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The fact that the Great Pueblo Revolt of 1680 commenced on August 10 had absolutely no bearing on her decision to become an Indian historian since she was well into her twenties before she learned of this coincidence. Her extremely varied ethnic background, including two Native American tribal groups (Ojibwe and Shawnee) plus French, Irish, German, Jewish, Danish and Polish ancestry, is more likely the cause. She attended the University of Iowa planning to enter the Writer's Workshop. She received a BA from the University of Iowa in English with a History minor in 1974. Two years spent working with Native American organizations convinced her that the historical study of Native Americans was essential for understanding present-day issues and problems. She entered the UCLA history graduate program in 1976, earning her M.A. in 1978 and her Ph.D. in 1986. Her research focuses on the nineteenth century Minnesota Ojibwe and on the internal social and political divisions that occurred in Ojibwe villages. She has published articles in Ethnohistory and The American Indian Culture and Research Journal. Her most recent works are "Religion Mixed with Politics: The 1836 Conversion of Mang'osid of Fond du Lac," and "Of Missionaries and Their Cattle: Ojibwe Perceptions of a Missionary as Evil Shaman," and "Leadership Within the Women's Community: Susie Bonga Wright of the Leech Lake Ojibwe." She is currently at work on a book on Ojibwe political divisions.