Professor Fred Knowles received a PhD from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2004 and an MJIL from The University of Tulsa, College of Law in 2013. He was a member of the first cadre to graduate from the MJIL program. Professor Knowles is a tenured member of the undergraduate and graduate faculty at Valdosta State University and the chair of the Native American Studies. He has been at Valdosta State since the fall of 2003. Prior to that, he developed a successful criminal justice program at Central Methodist University in Missouri. He inherited the program at Central in 1996 after retiring from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Tampa, Florida, as a Lieutenant.
Professor Knowles serves as Tribal Counsel for the Oak Hill Tribal Town (Creek) in north Florida, as well as the advisory council for Withlacoochee (Creek) and Mantle Rock (Cherokee) tribal towns. Further, he has served for several years on the Governor’s Committee for Tribal Recognition for the Office of Minority Affairs in South Carolina. Professor Knowles’ research interests are mainly in the areas of ethnicity, class and gender and the law, and the construction of law as a social institution and an instrument of social control. He is very involved in Native American issues in their juxtaposition with the law. He is also immersed in environmental justice, and global justice issues.
Professor Knowles has taught Procedural Law, Criminal Law, Federal Indian Law, Criminological Theory, and Victimology. He has published a number of works, the most recent of which include; The Indian Law Legacy of Thurgood Marshall (2014) Palgrave MacMillan: NY, NY. Toward Emancipatory Education: An application of Habermasian theory to Native American educational policy. (2012), International Journal of Qulaitative Studies in Education 25(7). Routledge Publishing: London, UK. (pp. 885-904). Expanding the Confrontation Clause in Testimonial Hearsay Statements: Michigan v. Bryant (2011) with Darrell Ross, PhD. Criminal Justice Review 36 (3). Georgia State University: Atlanta, GA. (pp. 375-386).
Courses Taught: Indian Civil Rights