Rachel Starks, M.A. (Zuni/Navajo)

Curriculum Vitae

Address: 803 E. First St., Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: (520) 626-5756
E-mail: rstarks(at)u.arizona.edu

Rachel Starks, NNI Senior Researcher, has over ten years of experience studying Native governance and social and economic development. She manages research projects and research teams, and presents NNI work in academic and public meetings. Rachel has participated in research on per capita distributions of tribal revenue, comparing the tribal economic changes from 1990-2000 using the U.S. Census, Native arts leaderships, border tribes, asset building, tribal justice systems, Native control of health care, and Indigenous rural economic
development in Alberta, Canada. She has most recently published on tribes and international borders – Native Nations and U.S. Borders: Responding to Challenges to Indigenous Culture, Citizenship, and Security, and chapters in edited volumes on U.S.- Mexico border issues.

Rachel began work at NNI as a graduate student in 2000, and joined the staff in 2005. She has a BA (2000) in Sociology from Wheaton College, IL, and an MA (2002) in Sociology from the University of Arizona where she wrote her thesis on institutional form and economic development in the New Mexico Pueblos.


Starks, R., & Jorgensen, M. (2016). Land and Indigenous business development in Canada. In K. G. Brown, M. B. Doucette, & J. E. Tulk (Eds.). Indigenous Business in Canada: Principles and Practices. Sydney, Nova Scotia: Cape Breton University Press.

Starks, Rachel Rose, Adrian T. Smith, Mary Beth Jäger, Miriam Jorgensen, and Stephen Cornell. 2016. "Tribal Child Welfare Codes as Sovereignty in Action. [Conference Edition]." Paper presented at the 2016 National Indian Child Welfare Association Annual Meeting, St. Paul, MN, April 4-6, 2016. Portland, OR: National Indian Child Welfare Association; Tucson, AZ: Native Nations Institute.

Starks, R.R., and A. Quijada-Mascarenas. 2012 (in press). Indigenous peoples and the U.S.-Mexico border wall. In The Border Wall between Mexico and the United States. Venues, Mechanisms and Stakeholders for a Constructive Dialogue, eds. A. Cùrdova, C.A. de la Parra, and E. Peters. Tlalpan, Mexico: SEMARNAT.

Starks, R.R., J. McCormack, and S. Cornell. 2011. Native Nations and U.S. Borders: Challenges to Indigenous Culture, Citizenship, and Security. Tucson: Native Nations Institute.

Cornell, S., R. Goldtooth, M. Jorgensen, R.R. Starks, and others. 2010. Making First Nations Law: The Listuguj Mi'gmaq Fishery. Tucson and Vancouver: Native Nations Institute and National Centre for First Nations Governance.

Starks R.R., and A. Quijada-Mascarenas. 2009. Convergence of Borders: Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Conservation at the U.S.-Mexico Border. In Conservation of Shared Environments: Learning from the United States and Mexico, eds. Edited L. Lopez-Hoffman, E. McGovern, R.G. Varady, and K. Flessa. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

Jorgensen, M., and R. Starks. 2008. Leadership Development in the Native Arts and Culture Sector. New York: Ford Foundation. Subsumed in the 2010 Ford Foundation report, Native Arts and Cultures: Research, Growth, and Opportunities for Philanthropic Support, as "Supporting a Burgeoning Revival of Native Arts: Leaders Wanted," pp. 16-27.

Jorgensen, M., M. Begay, N. Pryor, A. Sadongei, J. Snell, R. Starks, and J. Timeche. 2005. Native Cultural Arts Organizations: Who They Are and What They Need. Report prepared for Atlatl, Inc. Tucson: Native Nations Institute.