I hold the Timnick Chair in the Humanities at Michigan State University. I am Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability, a faculty member of the Environmental Philosophy & Ethics graduate concentration and the Geocognition Research Lab, and a faculty affiliate of the American Indian & Indigenous Studies and Environmental Science & Policy programs.
I am Potawatomi and an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. I focus my work on climate and environmental justice and Indigenous environmental studies. My research, teaching, training, and activism address moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples and the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and climate science organizations. My work has recently extended to cover issues related to Indigenous food sovereignty and Indigenous critiques of concepts of the anthropocene.
Publishing & Grants
My writing appears in journals such as Climatic Change, Daedalus, Sustainability Science, WIRES Climate Change, Hypatia, Synthese, and Human Ecology and in collections published by Oxford University Press, Routledge, Cambridge University Press, and New York University Press.
The following funders in the U.S. have supported my work: National Science Foundation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Fish and Wildlife Service, Northeast Climate Science Center, Erb Foundation, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center, Mellon Foundation, Sustainable Michigan Endowed Program, and Spencer Foundation.
Projects & Boards
I am deeply involved in a number of projects through my work with the Climate and Traditional Knowledges Workgroup, Sustainable Development Institute of the College of Menominee Nation, Tribal Climate Camp, and the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition.
The boards and steering and advisory committees I serve on include Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence, Facilitating Indigenous Research Science and Technology, the Sustainable Michigan Endowed Project, the National Indian Youth Council, and the Pesticide Action Network. I am a former member of the U.S. Federal Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science and the The Center for Indigenous Environmental Health Research.
I received K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities in 2009, the Bunyan Bryant Award for Academic Excellence from Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice in 2015, the Don Ihde Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Philosophy at Stony Brook University in 2018, the Stony Brook University 40 under Forty Alumni Award, in 2019, MSU’s Distinguished Partnership Award for Community Engaged Research in 2020, and MSU’s Community Engagement Scholarship Award in 2020.