Research Interests

Introductory Courses 

  • Foundations in American Indian Studies
  • American Indians in Contemporary Society
  • Federal Indian Law
  • Tribal Governments
  • Constitutional Law

Upper Level Courses 

  • Indigenous Peoples and the Environment
  • Native American Natural Resources Law
  • Tribal Courts and Tribal Law
  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
  • Comparative Indigenous Human Rights
  • International Indigenous Human Rights
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Gaming & Gambling
  • Globalization and Cultural Preservation
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Libertarianism and the Problem of Indian Rights (Seminar Proposal)
Current Research

I recently published an article in the Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy on Honduran ZEDE regimes. The piece took at look at the ZEDE organic law and its key provisions and provided an overview of best practices that would make a ZEDE work for Indigenous peoples. I hope to continue this research further.

Future Work
Over the next two to five years, I hope to learn more about the situation of other Indigenous communities in hopes of distilling the principles and challenges of Indigenous governance that can provide insight into further best practices for Indigenous communities – both in the U.S. and abroad.

I also intend to edit my dissertation A Libertarian Framework for Indian Rights for publication as a book. Some of this research will focus on tribal nations within the United States. One potential project involves an analysis of the tribes on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. The tribes recently dissolved a joint business council creating pressing questions about land ownership, unemployment, and the utilization of jointly held assets, and natural resources.

Other projects will focus on the challenges of governance presented in the context of international Indigenous human rights, and the challenge of implementing the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the nation-state level.

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