about

13199479_10154053099900359_1901244310_oWelcome to Wahgraphy. This is the personal website for Navajo (Diné) social researcher and political commentator Andrew Curley.

I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2016-2018). My current work concerns: Navajo (Diné) studies, political ecology, indigenous sovereignty, water politics, coal and coal workers, development, and indigenous geography.

In 2016 I completed my dissertation in the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University. It was based on two years of ethnographic fieldwork on the social nature of coal mining and development in the Navajo Nation.

My dissertation was titled, “T’aa hwo aji’t’eego: sovereignty, livelihood, and challenging coal in the Navajo Nation.”

I wrote through the scholarship of moral economy and the sociology of development to explain Navajo attitudes and actions toward the coal industry, development, sovereignty, and tribal governance within our communities.

This website is meant to serve as a way for people to access both my academic and public  research and my political commentary.

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