Wendy Greyeyes, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Native American Studies


Photo: Wendy Greyeyes
505 277-3917
Mesa Vista Hall Room 3094, Office Hours: Tuesdays 11 AM - 1 PM
Personal Website

Research Interests:

  • Political Sociology
  • Nation Building
  • Tribal Sovereignty
  • Organizational Analysis
  • Indigenous Education


Wendy S. Greyeyes, Ph.D. (Diné) is an Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Greyeyes received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago and B.A. in Native American Studies from Stanford University. Her research is focused on political sociology, organizational analysis, Indigenous education, tribal sovereignty, and Nation Building. Dr. Greyeyes formerly worked for the Arizona Governor as a Tribal Liaison for the Arizona Teacher Excellence Program and Homeland Security, a Grassroots Manager for the Indian Self Reliance Initiative in Arizona, a Statistician/Demographer for the Department of Diné Education, and a Program Analyst/Chief Implementation Officer for the Bureau of Indian Education. She formerly served as the co-chair for the National Indian Education Association’s Advocacy Committee and a former faculty for the Institute for American Indian Education. She currently serves as the Navajo representative member for the New Mexico Indian Education Advisory Council (IEAC), president for the Diné Studies Conference, Inc., a member of the American Indian Studies Association (AISA), faculty advisor for the UNM Native American Alumni Chapter and faculty advisor for Kiva Club. Recent publications include an article for Wicazo Sa Review titled, The Paradox of Tribal Community Building: The Roots of Local Resistance to Tribal State Craft (2021) and a book titled, A History of Navajo Education: Disentangling Our Sovereign Body (2022)). She currently is a co-editor with Dr. Lloyd L. Lee for University of New Mexico Press’s Studies in Indigenous Community Building. Her favorite hobbies are teaching Navajo and ribbon skirt making classes, running, and cooking.


To purchase a copy of A History of Navajo Education: Disentangling Our Sovereign Body from University of Arizona Press: https://uapress.arizona.edu/book/a-history-of-navajo-nation-education


Call for Manuscripts for Studies in Indigenous Community Building Link: https://unmpress.com/Studies_Indigenous_Community_Building