Miriam Jorgensen

Rural Equity Research Advisor (RERA) for Aspen CSG

Miriam Jorgensen is a Research Scientist at the University of Arizona Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and holds the additional titles of Research Director of the University of Arizona Native Nations Institute and Research Director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. She also is an Affiliate Faculty member in the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and University of Arizona Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in American Indian Studies, and is a Faculty Associate of the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

Jorgensen’s work on Indigenous governance and economic development—in the United States, Canada, and Australia—has addressed issues as wide-ranging as child welfare policy, policing and justice systems, natural-resource management, cultural stewardship, land ownership, tribal enterprises, housing, financial education, asset building, and philanthropy. Jorgensen co-founded the University of Arizona Indigenous Governance program and has been a Visiting Scholar in law and social work at Washington University in St. Louis, Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Technology Sydney, Research Professor in the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at the University of Technology Sydney, and Professorial Research Fellow at the Melbourne School of Government.

She received her BA in economics from Swarthmore College, MA in human sciences from the University of Oxford, and both an MPP in international development and PhD in political economics from Harvard University.