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Tennille Marley

Tennille Marley

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


Tennille Larzelere Marley, PhD MPH is an assistant professor of American Indian Studies and a faculty research affiliate with the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center at Arizona State University (ASU). She is a member of the White Mountain Apache tribe and grew up on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Tennille’s dissertation examined the relationship among indigenous knowledge, land, history and diabetes on an American Indian reservation. Her current research includes examining structural determinants, particularly housing, and obesity in American Indian adolescents and examining American Indian reservations as segregated places. Currently, she is a co-principal investigator of a pilot grant through ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to understand more fully how traditional American Indian knowledge can further build and sustain Indian nations, communities, and organizations in Arizona in the areas of food sovereignty, health, language, and education. Dr. Marley earned her BA and MPH from the University of Arizona and PhD from the University of New Mexico. She is also a former fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico.


  • PhD, Sociology, University of New Mexico, 2013
  • MPH, Community Health Practice, University of Arizona, 2005
  • BA (cum laude), Elementary Education, University of Arizona, 2002

Journal Articles


Wutich, A., J. Budds, W. Jepson, L. M. Harris, E. Adams, A. A. Brewis, L. Cronk, C. DeMyers, K. Maes, T. Marley, J. Miller, A. Pearson, A. Y. Rosinger, R. C. Schuster, J. Stoler, C. Staddon, P. Wiessner, C. Workman and S. Young. 2018. Household water sharing: A review of water gifts, exchanges, and transfers across cultures. WIREs Water 5(6):e1309. DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1309. (link )