Core Faculty

Clint Carroll

Clint Carroll

Assistant Professor

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Ethnic Studies, 339 UCB
Ketchum 164
Boulder, CO  80309-0339


Curriculum vitae


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley - Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, 2011
B.A., University of Arizona, Tucson - Anthropology, 2003.


American Indian environmental policy & governance, political ecology, Indigenous ethnography, traditional ecological knowledge and practices, American Indian environmental health. 


I am a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and my research explores the intersection of Indigenous governance and Indigenous environmental perspectives in settler state contexts. I study the ability of Indigenous nations to assert sovereignty over their lands and the extent to which this enables the perpetuation of unique ecological knowledges and practices. This overall outlook situates my long-term research agenda to develop a sovereignty-based political-ecological approach to Indigenous environmental issues.

I have been working with Cherokee communities in Oklahoma since the summer of 2004, when I helped launch an applied ethnobotany program in the Cherokee Nation Office of Environmental Services. This ongoing initiative informs my broader research on Cherokee Nation environmental governance, political and environmental history, and traditional ecological knowledge. My book, Roots of Our Renewal: Ethnobotany and Cherokee Environmental Governance (2015, University of Minnesota Press), views these themes through the lens of the Cherokee Nation Medicine Keepers – a group of Cherokee elders and knowledge keepers in northeastern Oklahoma to whom I have served as a facilitator since their formation in 2008.

From 2017 to 2022, I will be continuing my work with the Cherokee Nation Medicine Keepers on a project funded by a National Science Foundation Early Career Award. The work will entail the development of a land education program for five Cherokee undergraduate students and a research investigation into Cherokee access to wild plants in northeastern Oklahoma. Through this integrated education and community-based research project, we seek to formulate lasting methods for perpetuating Cherokee land-based knowledge and to better understand how Cherokee people are negotiating access to resources due to complex land ownership patterns and the impact of shifting climate conditions on plant habitats. We hope that the results of the research will inform advancements in community-based local ecosystem management and tribal land conservation strategies.

Selected Publications


Carroll, Clint. 2015. Roots of Our Renewal: Ethnobotany and Cherokee Environmental Governance. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press

Refereed Articles

Carroll, Clint, Eva Garroutte, Carolyn Noonan, Ana Navas-Acien, Steven Verney, and Dedra Buchwald. 2017. “Low-Level Inorganic Arsenic Exposure and Neuropsychological Functioning in American Indian Elders.” Environmental Research. 156: 74-79.

Bussey, John, Mae A. Davenport, Marla R. Emery, and Clint Carroll. 2016. “A Lot of It Comes from the Heart: The Nature and Integration of Ecological Knowledge in Tribal and Non-Tribal Forest Management.” Journal of Forestry. 114(2): 97-107.

Carroll, Clint. 2014. "Native Enclosures: Tribal National Parks and the Progressive Politics of Environmental Stewardship in Indian Country." Geoforum. 53: 31-40.

Carroll, Clint. 2014. "Shaping New Homelands: Environmental Production, Natural Resource Management, and the Dynamics of Indigenous State Pratice in the Cherokee Nation." Ethnohistory. 61(1): 123 -147.

Contributions to Edited Collections

Carroll, Clint, and Angelica Lawson. 2017. “New Media, Activism, and Indigenous Environmental Governance: Politics and the Minnesota-Wisconsin Wolf Hunt.” Pp. 199-135 in Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies: Conversations from Earth to Cosmos, edited by Salma Monani and Joni Adamson. New York: Routledge Press.

Carroll, Clint. 2012. "Articulating Indigenous Statehood: Cherokee State Formation and Implications for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples." Pp. 143-171 in Indigenous Rights in the Age of the UN Declaration, edited by Elvira Pulitano. Cambridge University Press.

Works in Progress

In progress manuscript, “Cherokee Perspectives on Land Use and Health: Using PhotoVoice to Promote Conservation and Indigenous Well-Being.” (with Eva Garoutte, Carolyn Noonan, and Dedra Buchwald).

Book Reviews

Carroll, Clint. 2012. Review of Trust in the Land: New Directions in Tribal Conservation (2011) by Beth Rose Middleton. Studies in American Indian Literature, 24(1): 68-71.


Carroll, Clint. 2013. “Minnesota Wolf Policy Should Include Ojibwe Perspective.” Minnesota Star Tribune. March 13.

Professional Associations

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

Society for Applied Anthropology

American Anthropological Association

American Studies Association

Association of American Geographers


National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, 2017 - 2022

Native Investigator Development Program, 2014 - 2016

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2013 - 2014

IDEA Multicultural Research Award, University of Minnesota, Summer 2013

Udall Foundation Environmental Public Policy & Conflict Resolution Dissertation Fellowship, 2010 - 2011

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2007 - 2010

EPA STAR Graduate Fellowship, 2005 - 2007