Andrew Curley

Assistant Professor - School of Geography, Development & Environment, University of Arizona

Selected Programs/Projects

  • NSF Conference Grant “Toxicity and Transition: Collaborative Research on Risk, Energy Development, and Environmental Sustainability in the Navajo Nation,” Co-PI, ($18,600)
  • Wenner-Gren Post-Ph.D. Research Grant, “The End of Navajo Coal” ($16,868)
  • First Nations Development Institute, “Land Reform in the Navajo Nation” ($20,190)

Selected Publications

  • Gergan, Mabel Denzin and Andrew Curley. 2021. “Indigenous Youth and Decolonial Futures: Energy and Environmentalism among the Diné in the Navajo Nation and the Lepchas of
  • Sikkim, India,” Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography. Web.
  • Wilson, Nicole J, Teresa Montoya, Rachel Arseneault, and Andrew Curley. 2021. “Governing Water Insecurity: Navigating Indigenous Water Rights and Regulatory Politics in Settler
  • Colonial States.” Water International: 1-19. Web.
  • Curley, A. 2021. “Infrastructures as colonial beachheads: The Central Arizona Project and the taking of Navajo resources,” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.
  • Curley, A. 2019. “'Our Winters’ Rights”: Challenging Colonial Water Laws,’ Global Environmental Politics.
  • Curley, A. 2019. “Unsettling Native water settlements: the enclosure of Navajo water rights in the U.S. Southwest,” Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography.
  • Curley, A. 2019. “T’áá hwó ají t’éego and the moral economy of Navajo coal workers,” Annals of the American Association of Geographers.
  • Curley, A. 2018. “A failed green future: Navajo Green Jobs and energy ‘transition’ in the Navajo Nation,” Geoforum (88): 57-65.


  • Ph.D., Development Sociology, Cornell University
  • M.S., Development Sociology, Cornell University
  • B.A., Sociology, Suffolk University
Geographic Area
Western US
Expertise Area
Alternative/Renewable Energy
Human Dimensions of Climate Change
Public Policy and Governance
Resource Economics
Tribal Adaptation and Science Support
Water Quality and Wastewater