Stephen Cornell

Faculty Chair

Native Nations Institue

Mr. Cornell is Faculty Chair of the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona where he also is a professor of sociology and affiliate faculty in the James E. Rogers College of Law. His Ph.D. is from the University of Chicago. He served on the sociology faculty at Harvard University and at the University of California, San Diego before joining the Arizona faculty in 1998. While at Harvard, Professor Cornell co-founded the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development; at Arizona, he led the establishment of the Native Nations Institute, a partner program to the Harvard Project. He has spent much of the last thirty years working with Indigenous nations and organizations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Aotearoa New Zealand on governance, development, and related issues. In 2010, along with Professor Joseph Kalt, he received the Public Sector Leadership Award of the National Congress of American Indians “in appreciation for your groundbreaking research and technical assistance in partnership with and for the benefit of Native nations.”