Dr. Deanna Koepke came to the university in 2013 after teaching at Park University, Great Falls College MSU, and Ashford University. In addition to sociology, her training includes graduate work in information systems and undergraduate work in communications and Spanish. The multi-talented Dr. Koepke teaches a variety of courses at UP, including Introduction to Sociology, Poverty and Inequality, Research Methods and Applied Statistics, and the often-dreaded Public Speaking.

She serves on the editorial board for the journal Race, Gender & Class and is a member of the University Social Justice Committee. She is a Co-Commander for Malmstrom AFB as a part of the Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee. Her research interests include newspaper depictions of fatal interactions between unarmed people of color and law enforcement officers, continuing work on the intersection of media, race, and inequality in the U.S. that began with her dissertation.

Her professional experience includes serving as the site director for Troy University’s Malmstrom AFB location, director of business office services for the University of Providence, and even the supervisor of the loan collections department for First Interstate Bank in Missoula and Great Falls.

In her spare time, she likes to travel and watch football. Her college team is the Grizzlies (her alma mater) and the Seattle Seahawks are always a favorite in the NFL. Having recently spent time in Italy and France, she can’t wait to explore more of Europe.

BA, University of Montana
MSIS, University of Providence
MA, Fielding Graduate University
PhD, Fielding Graduate University

“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.”
-Dom Helder Camara, 20th c. archbishop in Brazil, credited as the father of liberation theology