Dr. Wightman received a BA in history and anthropology from Miami University of Ohio, an MA in anthropology from the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD in anthropology from the University of Oklahoma.
After completing her doctorate in May 2009, Dr. Wightman joined the faculty at Mary Baldwin College for fall semester 2009. Her dissertation, entitled “Honoring Kin: Gender, Kinship, and the Economy of Plains Apache Identity” addresses the complicated articulations and lived experiences of contemporary Native American identities. Dr. Wightman’s research interests also include the culture and history of Oklahoma, regional American identities, the relationship between gender ideologies and cultural/national identities, the history of anthropology, and the lived experiences of marginalization in Native communities and beyond. In her spare time, Dr. Wightman likes hanging out with her husband and pets (two Australian Shepherd mixes, Ollie and Bean, and one cat, Leo), reading, listening to music, trying to be artsy (mostly turning lumps of clay into misshapen pots) traveling, watching college football, skiing, and cooking.