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Advisory Committee Member

Dr. Manley A. Begay, Jr. (Navajo) is both Faculty Chair of the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, and Senior Lecturer/Associate Social Scientist in the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Arizona. He also serves as Faculty Affiliate at the Institute of the Environment, as well as co-director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Begay obtained his Ed.D. and M.Ed. degrees in Administration, Planning, and Policy at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Ed.S. and M.Ed. degrees in Educational Administration from Brigham Young University, and holds B.A. in secondary education from the University of Arizona and A.A. from Dine College (formerly Navajo Community College).
He teaches courses on Native nation building, curriculum development, and Indigenous education. His research and work experience has focused on projects about and for Native nations in the promotion of strong and effective institutions of governance and leadership. He has presented on a variety of topics from leadership to Indigenous nation building and from curriculum development to pedagogy and from historical and contemporary Indigenous issues to education at numerous national and international colleges and universities, private and public high schools, national and international conferences, institutes, and symposia. He also has worked closely with Native nations in the United States, First Nations and Bands in Canada, Aborigines in Australia, and Maoris in Aotearoa (New Zealand).