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Michelle Hale

Michelle Hale

Assistant Professor, American Indian Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


American Indian Studies
Arizona State University
PO Box 874603
Tempe, AZ 85287-4603


  • Senior Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Assistant Professor, American Indian Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Dr. Hale is Laguna, Chippewa, Odawa and a citizen of the Navajo Nation from Oak Springs, Arizona.  She is an Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies (AIS) at Arizona State University (ASU).  Dr. Hale’s current scholarship focuses on issues of tribal government and policy, state-tribal relations, community development and planning.

At ASU Hale teaches courses in Tribal Government, Federal Indian Policy, Tribal Planning and Community and Economic Development.  She is involved with Cook Native American Ministries Foundation (CNAMF) where she serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Grants Committee.  She is also involved with the Morning Star Leadership Foundation (MSLF), a Native non-profit that promotes leadership and civic engagement among Urban Indian youth.


  • PhD, American Indian Studies, University of Arizona, 2012
  • MA, American Indian Studies, University of Arizona, 1996
  • BA, Cultural Anthropology, University of Arizona, 1991


Journal Articles


Hale, M. L. 2013. Review: Reviewed Work: The Work of Sovereignty: Tribal Labor Relations and Self-Determination at the Navajo Nation by David Kamper. Wicazo Sa Review 28(1):119-123. DOI: 10.5749/wicazosareview.28.1.0119. (link )



Brown, E., L. S. Whitaker, M. Springwater, S. Cornell, M. Jorgensen, M. L. Hale and A. Nagle. 2001. Welfare, Work, and American Indians: The Impact of Welfare Reform. A Report to the National Congress of American Indians (link )