Miriam Jorgensen MPP PhD

Research Director, Native Nations Institute, The University of Arizona

Miriam Jorgensen is a Research Scientist at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona. She is also Research Director of the University of Arizona Native Nations Institute, Research Director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, Professor of Indigenous Governance at the University of Technology Sydney Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, and Affiliate Faculty at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

Her areas of specialty are Indigenous governance and economic development, with a particular focus on the ways communities’ governing arrangements and sociocultural characteristics affect development. Her work—in the United States, Canada, and Australia—has addressed issues as wide-ranging as welfare policy, policing and justice systems, natural resources, cultural stewardship, land ownership, enterprise management, financial education, and philanthropy.

She is a co-author of Structuring Sovereignty: Constitutions of Native Nations (UCLA AIS Press, 2014) and The State of the Native Nations: Conditions under U.S. Policies of Self-Determination (Oxford University Press, 2008); editor and co-author of Rebuilding Native Nations: Strategies for Governance and Development (University of Arizona Press, 2007); lead author of the U.S. Treasury Department’s two part Access to Credit and Capital in Native Communities report (2016, 2017); and a member of the editorial boards of the International Indigenous Policy Journal and British Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Jorgensen co-founded the Indigenous Governance masters degree and continuing education certificate programs at the University of Arizona. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Washington University School of Law and Washington University School of Social Work; a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Technology, Sydney; a Dyason Fellowship International Visitor at Melbourne Law School; and Professorial Research Fellow at the Melbourne School of Government. Jorgensen is also a former member of the Swarthmore College Board of Managers. She received her BA in economics from Swarthmore College, MA in human sciences from the University of Oxford, and MPP in international development and PhD in political economics from Harvard University.