Mary Elizabeth Jäger, B.A., M.S.W. (Citizen Potawatomi)


E-mail: jager(at)

Mary Beth is a research analyst for the Native Nations Institute (NNI) at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona.

Mary Beth has worked on research projects on multiple topics including tribal policies on child welfare, tribal civil jurisdiction, citizen entrepreneurship and community development financial institutions. She hopes the research will strengthen Native people and nations and empower sustainability. Jäger earned a B.A. at Carroll College in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and a master's of social work (M.S.W.) from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, with an emphasis on social and economic development in American Indian communities. She was also a Kathryn M. Buder Scholar and research assistant for the Center for Social Development.