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Kyle Whyte


Timnick Chair in the Humanities



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Kyle holds the Timnick Chair in the Humanities in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University. He is a faculty member of the Environmental Philosophy & Ethics graduate concentration and serves as a faculty affiliate of the American Indian Studies and Environmental Science & Policy programs. His primary research addresses moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples and the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and climate science organizations. He is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. His articles have appeared in journals such as Climatic Change, Sustainability Science, Environmental Justice, Hypatia, Ecological Processes, Synthese, Human Ecology, Journal of Global Ethics, American Journal of Bioethics, Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics, Ethics, Policy & Environment, and Ethics & the Environment.

Kyle's work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Northeast Climate Science Center, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center, Mellon Foundation, Sustainable Michigan Endowed Program and Spencer Foundation. He serves on the U.S. Department of Interior’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science and is involved in the Climate and Traditional Knowledges Workgroup, Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition, Everybody Eats: Cultivating Food Democracy, Humanities for the Environmentthe Consortium for Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and the American Philosophical Association Committee on the Status of Indigenous Philosophers. Kyle has received the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities (2009) and the Bunyan Bryant Award for Academic Excellence from Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice (2015). 

CV / Papers



2015 Bunyan Bryant Award for Academic Excellence, MSU Today

Improving Collaborations between Native Americans and Climate Scientists, MSU Today 

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Climate Change Adaptation Plan, Odawa Trails 

Interview with Kyle Whyte, 

Environmental Ethics, Climate Change & Building Tribal Resilience, The Engaged Scholar

2 Million Endowment Ensures Ongoing Success in the HumanitiesMSU Today 

A Changing Climate in a Changing World, The Journal, University of Illinois Springfield 



Indigenous Resilience & Environmental Change

Collaborations with the Sustainable Development Institute of the College of Menominee Nation.

Cultivating Cultures of Ethical STEM in Collaborations between Climate Change Decision-Support Organizations and Indigenous PeoplesThis project seeks to understand the range of practices that climate science organizations employ to prepare their staff for ethical issues that will occur when engaging with Tribes and to evaluate the perceptions of the effectiveness of these practices from organizational and Tribal perspectives. 

Guidelines for Considering Traditional Knowledges in Climate Change Initiatives. A group creating publications intended to be informational resources for Tribes, agencies, and organizations across the United States sphere interested in understanding traditional knowledges in the context of climate change. 

The Facilitating Indigenous Research, Science & Technology Network. The overall goal of this network is to develop strategies for meeting the research needs of Indigenous communities, including the capacity to lead research initiatives.

Letter from Rising Voices of Indigenous Peoples in Weather and Climate Science to the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.

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). 

Supporting Tribal Climate Change Adaptation Planning through Community Participatory Strategic Foresight Scenario DevelopmentGreat 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). 

Department of Interior Advisory Committee on Climate Change & Natural Resource Science.

Respecting Tribes, First Nations and Cultural Resources in Cooperative Landscape and Climate Change Decision MakingU.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.

Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition

Michigan Air Quality Advisory Committee

Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition. Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, East Michigan Environmental Action Council, Ecology Center, Green Door Initiative, Idle No More Michigan, Michigan Environmental Council, NAACP of Southeastern Michigan, National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club Environmental Justice Program, Southwest Detroit Community Benefits Coalition, Urban Regeneration LLC, We Want Green, Too, and Zero Waste Detroit. 

Michigan Environmental Justice Summit. Unfinished Business: Environmental Justice in Michigan: 20th Anniversary of the Executive Order 12898 / 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

Michigan Environmental Justice Plan. Press Release

Michigan Executive Directive 2007-23: Promoting Environmental Justice

Everybody Eats: Cultivating Food Democracy

Facebook and programs for 20122013 & 2014 


Education & Academic Collaboration

Environmental Philosophy & Ethics @ MSU.

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. 

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

Networking the Global Humanities: Humanities and the Environment

Committee on the Status of Indigenous Philosophers. American Philosophical Association.