Professor Clint Carroll
Assistant Professor
Native American and Indigenous Studies

Office Location: Ketchum 164



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

Research Interests

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

Clint Carroll is Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He received his doctorate from the University of California-Berkeley in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in Anthropology, with a minor in American Indian Studies. A citizen of the Cherokee Nation, his work with Cherokee government officials and rural communities in northeastern Oklahoma centers on how tribal natural resource management is informed by traditional forms of decision-making and local environmental knowledge. His first book, Roots of Our Renewal: Ethnobotany and Cherokee Environmental Governance (published in 2015 by the University of Minnesota Press), is an historical and ethnographic account of this work since 2004. 

Dr. Carroll has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Udall Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Science Foundation. He was also a 2014-2016 Fellow of the Native Investigator Development Program, funded by the National Institutes of Health. His work has been published in Ethnohistory, Geoforum, Environmental Research, and two edited collections. He is an active member of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology.

What's New

From 2017 to 2022, I will be continuing my work in the Cherokee Nation 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. For more information, visit the Project Blog.

"What's New" updated Nov 2017

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.

Publications updated Nov 2017

Professional Associations

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association
Society for Applied Anthropology
American Anthropological Association
American Studies Association
Association of American Geographers