About me

Broadly speaking, my research focuses on Indigenous incorporation into colonial-capitalism, or forms of exploitation linked to resource extraction and underdevelopment. From 2012-2014, I conducted ethnographic fieldwork within the Navajo Nation regarding the future of the Navajo Generating Station. This research is featured in the forthcoming book, Carbon Sovereignty from University of Arizona Press.

My current research is more historical and archival. It investigates the colonial nature of Arizona’s access to the Colorado River. This work critiques infrastructure like the Central Arizona Project and legal regimes like the Colorado Compact.

Book available April ’23


  • apcurley@arizona.edu
  • (520) 621-2889