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Kyle Whyte

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy



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Kyle Whyte is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University and affiliated faculty for Peace and Justice Studies, Environmental Science and Policy, the Center for Regional Food Systems, Animal Studies and American Indian Studies. He is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Dr. Whyte writes on environmental justice, the philosophy of technology and American Indian philosophy. His most recent research addresses moral and political issues concerning climate change impacts on Indigenous peoples. His articles have appeared in journals such as Climatic Change, Ecological Processes, Synthese, Human Ecology, Journal of Global Ethics, American Journal of Bioethics, Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics, Philosophy & Technology, Ethics, Policy & Environment, Environmental Justice, and Continental Philosophy Review. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center, the Sustainable Michigan Endowed Program and Spencer Foundation. He is a member of the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition and organizer for the annual Everybody Eats: Cultivating Food Democracy conference in Lansing, Michigan. CV



Shifting Seasons: Tribal Adaptation Planning for the Northeast Region. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Chris Caldwell (College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute) and Sue Wotkyns (Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals). 

Values and Policy in Interdisciplinary Environmental Science: A Dialogue-based Framework for Ethics EducationNational Science Foundation, Ethics Education in Science & Engineering. M. O'Rourke, S. Valles, and T. Dietz. Michigan State University. 

Supporting Tribal Climate Change Adaptation Planning through Community Participatory Strategic Foresight Scenario Development. Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center. D. Fellman (Center for First Americans Forestlands, College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute) and M. Dockry (U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station). 

SRPoiSE: The Consortium for Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering. 

Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition. The Consortium of Hispanic Agencies, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, East Michigan Environmental Action Council, Ecology Center, Green Door Initiative, Michigan Environmental Council, NAACP of Southeastern Michigan, National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club Environmental Justice Program, Southwest Detroit Community Benefits Coalition, Urban Regeneration LLC, and Zero Waste Detroit. 

Respecting Tribes, First Nations and Cultural Resources in Cooperative Landscape and Climate Change Decision Making. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Upper Midwest/Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative Grant. N.J. Reo (Dartmouth College), M.A. Smith (Lakehead University), D. McGregor (University of Toronto).

Environmental Justice in Native America. 2011 Special Edition of Environmental Justice.

Everybody Eats: Cultivating Food Democracy. Growing Our Food System Annual Conference.

The Wicked Problem of Sustainable Pork Production: Education, Ethics and Engagement across Boundaries. Sustainable Michigan Endowed Program. D. Rozeboom, L. Thorp, and L. Goralnik. Michigan State University.

Toward a Normative Framework for Environmental Education. Spencer Foundation, Philosophy in Education Policy and Practice. M. Ferkany. Michigan State University

Anticipatory Workshop on Nano-Biosensors in the Agrifood Sector. National Science Foundation, Science, Technology and Society. P. Thompson, L. Busch, J.V. Stone; RA: M. List. Michigan State University

Blue River Quorum. Spring Creek Project, Oregon State University.

Selected Publications

Whyte, K.P. 2014. Interdisciplinary Environmental Review

A Concern about Shifting Interactions between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Parties in US     Climate Adaptation Contexts

Whyte, K.P. 2013. Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy

       Indigenous Women, Climate Change Impacts and Collective Action

Whyte, K.P. 2013. Climatic Change

       Justice Forward: Tribes, Climate Adaptation and Responsibility

Whyte, K.P. 2013. Ecological Processes

       On the Role of TEK as a Collaborative Concept: A Philosophical Study

Lemelin, R. et al. 2013International Journal of Culture, Tourism, and Hospitality Research

       Conflicts, Battlefields, Indigenous Peoples and Tourism

Higgins-Desbiolles, F., Whyte, K.P. & Tedmanson, D. 2013. Just Leisure

       Tourism and Environmental Justice

Ferkany, M. & Whyte, K.P. 2013. Theory & Research in Education

       The Compatibility of Liberalism and Mandatory Environmental Education 

Dotson, K. & Whyte, K.P. 2013Ethics & the Environment 

       Environmental Justice, Unknowability and Unqualified Affectability &

Whyte, K.P. 2012. Engineering the Climate: The Ethics of Solar Radiation Management

Indigenous Peoples, Solar Radiation Management, and Consent

Reo, N.J. & Whyte, K.P. 2012. Human Ecology

       Hunting and Morality as Elements of Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Whyte, K.P. 2012. NEH Summer Institute Paper

How Similar Are Indigenous North American and Leopoldian Environmental Ethics?

Whyte, K.P. 2012. Ethics, Policy & Environment

Now this! Indigenous Sovereignty, Political Obliviousness and Governance Models for Solar Radiation Management Research

Selinger, E. & Whyte, K.P. 2012. European Journal of Risk Regulation

Nudging Cannot Solve Complex Policy Problems

Selinger, E. & Whyte, K.P. 2012. American Journal of Bioethics 

What Counts as a Nudge? 

Whyte, K.P., Selinger, E., Caplan, A., & Sadowski, J. 2012. American Journal of Bioethics

Nudge, Nudge or Shove, Shove—The Right Way for Nudges to  Increase the Supply of Donated Cadaver Organs

Whyte, K.P. 2011. Environmental Justice

       The Recognition Dimensions of Environmental Justice in Indian Country 

Ferkany, M. & Whyte, K.P. 2011. Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics

 The Importance of Participatory Virtues in the Future of Environmental Education    

Busch, L. & Whyte, K.P. 2011. Philosophy & Technology 

On the Peculiarity of Standards: A Reply to Thompson

Thompson, P.B. & Whyte, K.P. 2011. Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics 

What Happens to Environmental Philosophy in a Wicked World?  

Selinger, E., Outterson, K. & Whyte, K.P. 2011-2012. Public Integrity

Poverty Tourism, Justice and Policy: Can Ethical Ideals Form the Basis of New Regulations?  

Ferkany, M. & Whyte, K.P. 2011. Philosophy of Education Yearbook

 Environmental Education, Wicked Problems and Virtue

Whyte, K.P., Selinger, E. & Outterson, K. 2011. Journal of Global Ethics

Poverty Tourism and the Problem of Consent

Selinger, E. & Whyte, K.P. 2011. Sociology Compass

Is There a Right Way to Nudge? The Practice and Ethics of Choice Architecture

Selinger, E., Aguilar J. & Whyte, K.P. 2011. Philosophy & Technology

Action Schemes: Questions and Suggestions

Whyte, K.P. & Thompson, P.B. 2010. Journal of Rural Social Sciences

A Role for Ethical Analysis in Social Research on Agrifood and Environmental Standards

Whyte, K.P. 2010. Ethics, Place & Environment

 Why not Environmental Injustice?  

Whyte, K.P. & Crease, R. 2010. Synthese

 Trust, Expertise, and the Philosophy of Science

Whyte, K.P. 2010. Journal of Environmental Philosophy

An Environmental Justice Framework for Indigenous Tourism

Selinger, E. & Whyte, K.P. 2010. Knowledge, Technology & Policy

Competence and Trust in Choice Architecture

Heiner, B.T. & Whyte, K.P. 2008. Continental Philosophy Review

A Proposal for Genetically Modifying the Project of Naturalizing Phenomenology