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Maya B Henderson

Graduate Student
NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Contact info

Geography-Geology 120D
Research Interests:

urban climate justice, Indigenous geographies, tribal sovereignty, and (settler) colonialism.

CV 2023_0.pdf (480.48 KB)

Sge:no! My current work sits at the intersection of settler-colonial cities, climate justice, and Indigenous resistance and futures. I aim to understand how climate change and climate actions are enrolled in maintaining and contesting settler-colonial cities. More specifically, I am working to gain insight into how settler-colonial cities enroll climate mitigation efforts and narratives of carbon reduction into the project of settler-colonialism, re-entrenching settler futures at the expense of Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination. I maintain that my work must also uplift Indigenous peoples and nations continuous efforts against settler-colonialism. Therefore, moving forward I aim for my work to be attentive to tribal sovereignty in the context of urban climate action because cities are Indigenous lands.


M.A., Geography, University of Georgia, 2022. 

B.A., Environmental Sustainability: Planning and Management with Geographic Information Systems (Minor), University of Oklahoma, 2020. 


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (2021)

Of note:

Listen to me talk about climate justice, carbon colonization, and Land Back here


Selected Publications:

Arney, R. N., Henderson, M. B., DeLoach, H. R., Lichtenstein, G., & German, L. A. (2022). Connecting across difference in environmental governance: Beyond rights, recognition, and participation. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 25148486221108892.



Major Professor

Jennifer L. Rice

Associate Professor

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