Joe D. Coulter, PhD
Professor Emeritus, College of Public Health
The University of Iowa

Dr. Joe Coulter received his PhD in 1971 from the University of Oklahoma and conducted postdoctoral studies in neuroscience at the Universita di Pisa, Italy, and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He then joined the faculty in 1975 at the University of Texas Medical Branch and the Marine Biomedical Institute, Galveston, Texas. In 1985, Dr. Coulter came to the University of Iowa as Head of the Department of Anatomy, Carver College of Medicine. He served as the Associate Provost for Diversity from 1996 to 2004 and then joined the faculty of the Department of Community and Behavioral Health, College of Public Health, becoming Professor Emeritus in 2015. Dr. Coulter is an enrolled member of the federally recognized Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma and currently is active in teaching, research/scholarship, and community service in American Indian/Alaska Native health. He is an advisor to the Historical Preservation Project of the Meskwaki Nation of Iowa and served on the Iowa Governor’s Equal Employment Opportunities Task Force. He has served four terms on, and currently is Chair of, the Iowa Advisory Committee of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He a member of the Iowa City Human Rights Commission and the Iowa Commission on Native American Affairs, both part of the Iowa State Department of Human Rights.