Carrie Nuva Joseph

Carrie Nuva Joseph

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Indigenous and Environmental Health Research

UA College of Public Health

Faculty Fellow 2019-2021

Josephs’s research interests include sustainable engineering for mine reclamation of hazardous waste, paleoecology, watershed hydrology and management, analytical methods for human exposures to anthropogenic contaminants, and community-based participatory research. She is an advocate for Indigenous Data Sovereignty and specializes in using Indigenous methodologies to advance and protect Tribal interests. Joseph is a member of the Hopi Tribe and her Tribes first female Ph.D. Scientist which gives her the opportunity to advocate for her community using science and Hopi ways of knowing.

Current work as the Haury Faculty Fellow

Joseph is partnering with several members from the College of Public Health, including Drs Mary Kay O’Rourke, Robin Harris, Nicole Yuan, Phillip Harbor, and Stephanie Carroll Rainie, to guide her research plans with the Hopi Tribe to further understand the impacts that uranium extraction and mining have on the health, cultural, environmental, and socioecological well-being of the Hopi Nation. The Haury award will assist Joseph to continue supporting community initiatives in underrepresented populations that have led to key insights across the dimensions of social equity, food sovereignty, educational enrichment, and environmental protection.

“This community-driven initiative,” Joseph says, “will allow me to create baseline environmental indoor and outdoor data, communicate the history and risk of uranium extraction, assess knowledge, and communicate data to tribal and agency representative to improve partnerships.”