Marie Schaefer

Marie Schaefer

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Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Community Sustainability


Marie Schaefer is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Community Sustainability on the MICARES (Michigan Community Anishinaabe Renewable Energy Sovereignty) project. This project works with eight Michigan communities, including two Tribal nations, to explore what are the opportunities and barriers to renewable energy in Michigan. Marie has worked with Tribes across the United States and is of Anishinaabe (Odawa) and settler descent. Marie's work focuses on braiding Indigenous knowledges and scientific knowledges using community-based participatory approaches. She works to bridge knowledge systems and understand how collaborations between knowledge systems can contribute to sustainable futures.

Marie earned her PhD in Community Sustainability here at Michigan State University (MSU) and her MA in Applied Anthropology from Northern Arizona University where she worked with the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office of the Hopi Tribe. Marie’s dissertation focused on the impacts of settler colonialism on manoomin (wild rice) food systems and Anishinaabe gender systems today. During her PhD, Marie worked as a Research Assistant at the Sustainable Development Institute at the College of Menominee Nation where she conducted climate change scenario planning workshops with Tribes across the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC) twenty-two state region. In addition, during her PhD, Marie was also a Graduate Fellow of the NE CASC, a Graduate Assistant of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program and was a founding member of the MSU Indigenous Graduate Student Collective.

Recent Publications

2019 Aminpour, P., Grey, S., Richardson, R., Singer, A., Castro, L., Schaefer, M., Ramlan, M.A., Chikowore, N.R., Perspectives of Scholars on the Nature of Sustainability: A Survey Study. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. Vol. 21. No. 1.

2018 Whyte, K.P., Caldwell, C., and Schaefer, M. Indigenous Insights about Sustainability: Are they only about what works for “all humanity”? In Situating Sustainability: Approaches to Environmental Justice and Social Power. Edited by Julie Sze. NYU Press.