Lorinda Riley, SJD


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Lorinda Riley, SJD

Assistant Professor

Academic Degrees

  • SJD (Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy), University of Arizona
  • JD and MA (American Indian Studies), University of Arizona
  • BA (Anthropology), University of California, Los Angeles

Research Interests

Dr. Riley holds a joint appointment with Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health at the Office of Public Health Studies and Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. Dr. Riley’s research interest is on indigenous conceptions of wellbeing as well as policies related to indigenous social determinants of health. Specifically, she is interested in the impact of the criminal justice system on indigenous people vis-à-vis traditional indigenous restorative and the impact of self-determination on indigenous wellbeing.

Selected Publications

Riley, L. 2019. Native Hawaiians and the New Frontier of the Indian Civil Rights Act. Asian American Law Journal 26(1): 168-202. DOI: 10.15779/Z38BR8MG83

Riley, L. 2018. The struggle to achieve internal legitimacy for tribal nations. Journal of Public Affairs Education 25(4): 524-41. DOI: 10.1080/15236803.2018.1428046

Riley, L & Johansen, M. 2018. Creating a Valuable Learning Environment for Indigenous Students. Journal of Public Affairs Education 24(3): 387-411. DOI: 10.1080/15236803.2018.1429815

Riley, L. 2016. When a Tribal Entity Becomes a Nation: The Role of Politics in the Shifting Federal Recognition Regulations. American Indian Law Review 39(2): 451-505.