- Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Studies, Union Institute & University
- B.A., Philosophy, Washington State University
Fourth World Geopolitics Coexistence and the New International Political Order
Areas of Specialization and Interest:
Leadership - historical and contemporary ideas, practices and approaches in institutions, non-profit organizations, politics, education, and community.
- Corporate Structure and Public Administration - transnational corporations, religion, organized crime, states, non-governmental organizations, and indigenous peoples.
- History and Cultural philosophy - structures and relationships between peoples the land and the cosmos.
- Dispute resolution - systematic and synergistic approaches to resolving disputes in asymmetrical political relationships, group dynamics team development.
- Comparative American Cultures- colonization and 20th century social justice movements; intersections of ethnic groups especially 20th century civil rights histories and peace movements, historical roots and migration patterns, intersections with Native peoples, First nations peoples, politics, policy, religion, history.
- Research methodologies – quantitative, qualitative, indigenous epistemologies in research, community determined research and participatory and action research.
- American Indian Affairs - Political identities rooted in distinct cultures and recognized political sovereignty; tribal institutional building; historical and contemporary policy development; cultures, foods and medicines; inter-tribal and intergovernmental relations; internationally protected Indian rights; urban-reservation diasporic dynamics, self-government and the exercise of sovereignty in intergovernmental relations, history, politics, Potlatch economics and trade patterns; environment, leadership and gender, social organization of the Northwest and Plains tribes; historical relationships among North American tribes and first nations, Nuclear energy and tribes, historical trauma.
- Indigenous epistemologies - examination, analysis, and description of contemporary systems of knowledge among the Salish peoples, neighboring nations and indigenous peoples in the western hemisphere.
- Fourth World geopolitics - the study of social, economic, political, and strategic relations between indigenous nations and political states.