Faculty Members

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Benedict Colombi
Associate Professor
Email: bcolombi@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 621-2269
FAX: (520) 621-7952
Office: Harvill 237B

Benedict J. Colombi, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of the American Indian Studies Program and Affiliate Assistant Professor of the School of Anthropology and the School of Natural Resources and Environment. He also holds a Faculty appointment in the newly formed, Institute of the Environment, a...
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Amy Fatzinger
Assistant Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies
TEL: (520) 621-8440
FAX: (520) 621-7952
Office: Harvill 235B
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Mary Jo Tippeconnic Fox
Research Professor/Social Scientist
TEL: (520) 626-4242
Office: Harvill 224

Mary Jo Tippeconnic Fox an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, is the former Director/ Chair of AIS and also served in the position of Associate Director. From 1999 to 2006, she held the appointment of Associate to the President for American Indian Affairs and Ambassador to American...
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Robert Hershey
Clinical Professor of Law
TEL: (520) 621-5677
FAX: (520) 621-9140
Office: Rountree Hall 207

Robert A. Hershey, an attorney who specializes in indigenous human rights, holds an Adjunct Professor of Law position with a joint appointment in AIS. He is also Director of the Tribal Law Clinic. Professor Hershey's most recent scholarly work focuses on economic development in Indian...
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Keith James
Professor, Director of Tribal Initiatives
Email: keithjames@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 621-7108

Keith James (Onondaga) received a Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Organizational Behavior from the University of Arizona. He has previously had positions at four other major U.S. universities, as well as visiting appointments with six foreign higher education institutions, and he served for two...
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Eileen Luna Firebaugh
Associate Professor
Email: eluna@u.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 621-2262
FAX: (520) 621-7952
Office: Harvill 214

Eileen Luna-Firebaugh (Choctaw/Cherokee; MPA, 1996, Harvard University/JD, 1978, Peoples College of Law) joined the University of Arizona American Indian Studies faculty in fall 1996. She is an Associate Professor of American Indian law and policy.  Her most recent publications focus on...
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Nancy Parezo
TEL: (520) 626-4057
FAX: (520) 621-7952
Office: Harvill 235C

Nancy Parezo has been teaching at the University of Arizona since 1982. She officially joined the American Indian Studies faculty in 1998 as a tenured Professor with a shared appointment in the Arizona State Museum (ASM). She is also an affiliated professor in Anthropology and a Research...
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Tristan Reader
Assistant Professor of Practice
Email: treader@email.arizona.edu
Office: Harvill 226D

I come to AIS after 20 years of working in the field of sustainable community development, cultural revitalization, and food systems renewal within the Tohono O’odham community.  From 1996 through 2015, I was honored to work at Tohono O’odham Community Action (TOCA), a grassroots organization...
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Ronald Trosper
Professor, GIDP Chair-Director of Graduate Studies
TEL: (520) 621-7108
FAX: (520) 621-7952
Office: Harvill 237A

Ronald Trosper’s latest work has been in the areas of Indigenous economic theory and traditional ecological knowledge.  He examined the institutions that provided stability for the peoples of the Northwest Coast in his book, Resilience, Reciprocity and Ecological Economics:  Northwest Coast...
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Franci Washburn
TEL: (520) 626-8581
FAX: (520) 621-7952
Office: Harvill 226B

Franci Washburn holds Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts degrees in English, Creative Writing, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico. She writes poetry, short fiction and novels, and has published articles in Indigenous Nations Studies Journal, American Indian...
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