Michael Dunaway

Postdoctoral Scholar  (Staff - CPR)

Michael Dunaway

Contact Information


Undergraduate Education

Haskell Indian Nations University - Sovereignty and Decolonizaton Theory 

Graduate Education

University of Kansas - Geography 

Post-Graduate Education

Cornell University - Natural Resources 

Research Interests

  • Indigenous Energy Sovereignty


Michael's research focuses is on Indigenous Energy Sovereignty. His dissertation focused on creating a tool to assess the technological appropriateness of renewable energy technologies on Native American Reservations. Michael is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and as such, has committed to working with diverse communities in his future research as well as promoting diversity and inclusion in his field.

Currently, Michael is a Future Professor Postdoc in the Maxwell School. He received his Ph.D in natural resources from Cornell University with a focus on Indigenous energy sovereignty, his Master’s in Geography from University of Kansas with a focus on Indigenous geography and a graduate certificate in environmental studies, and his Bachelor’s degree from Haskell Indian Nations University with a focus on sovereignty and decolonization theory.

Michael's current research focuses on working with a Native American tribe in New York to build a renewable energy project to validate my doctoral research. He has also been trained in high-impact, evidence-based, active learning modalities that he bring to every classroom that he teaches in.