Dr. Kracht has taught at NSU for over 23 years. He teaches anthropology classes and American Indian Studies classes.
His interests in American Indian cultures led to a B.A. in anthropology/history (Indiana University, 1979), followed by an M.A. in anthropology (University of Nebraska, 1982), and a Ph.D. in anthropology (Southern Methodist University, 1989). AT SMU he studied medical anthropology and began researching urban Indian health. By the end of his first year of doctoral work, he began researching Kiowa culture, religion, and history.
Most of his publications pertain to Kiowa religion, including coverage of the Ghost Dance, dancing and shamanic societies, and indigenized Christianity. Kracht's book, Kiowa Belief and Ritual (2017, Univeresity of Nebraska Press), delineates aboriginal Kiowa religious beliefs, and a forthcoming book pertains to religious revitalization among the Kiowas, including the Ghost Dance, Peyote, and indigenous Christianity. Dr. Kracht has also traveled to Central America with Dr. Erik Terdal to study Maya belief systems and the use of rainforest plant medicines. Each spring he teaches Field Methods in Ethnology and takes students to New Mexico during spring break to visit Acoma, Zuni, and Santo Domingo Pueblos.
Dr. Kracht has published over 40 articles and book reviews, including entries in American Indian Religious Traditions, American Indian Spirituality, Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, and Encyclopedia of North American Indians. His 2012 article in the Chronicles of Oklahoma, "'It Would Break Our Hearts Not to Have Our Kiowas': War Dancing, Tourism, and the Rise of Powwows in the Early Twentieth Century," won the Muriel Wright award for best article.