Adrienne Benally

University Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2019-2020
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Office Location

300E Bailey Hall



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University


Adrienne Benally grew up in Boulder, Colorado and on the Navajo Nation in the community of Shiprock, New Mexico. She is Diné and an enrolled member of the Navajo Tribe. Adrienne received her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University. Her dissertation examined the social, cultural, political, and ecological implications of coal energy development on the Navajo Nation. Adrienne is pleased to be the recipient of the 2019 IDAC Postdoctoral Fellowship at USM and hosted by the Geography-Anthropology Department. Deeply concerned with the impacts of fossil energy development on Indigenous communities, she intends to continue her research and writing during her fellowship year focused on the intersection of cultural sustainability, the land, and extractive industries. In addition, she looks forward to teaching and engaging with students. Outside of academic life, Adrienne enjoys hiking, camping, and generally being outdoors.