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Tennille Marley

Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4603
Biography

Tennille Larzelere Marley (Dzil Ligai Sian N'dee –White Mountain Apache) is an assistant professor of American Indian Studies and faculty research affiliate with the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center. She is also a member of the Washington University Center for Diabetes Translation Research (WU-CDTR) and a faculty affiliate with the National Council of American Indians (NCAI) Policy Research Center (PRC).  

Professor Marley received her doctorate in sociology from the University of New Mexico in 2013. She also has a master's of public health and bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Arizona. Marley recently completed the Native Investigator Development Program at the Native Elder Research Center, a National Institute on Aging-funded Resource Center for Minority Aging Research, within the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health in the School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Denver.

Marley has extensive experience in community health and research in American Indian communities. Her prior research examined the relationship among indigenous knowledge, land, history and diabetes on an American Indian reservation. More recently, she has been working towards establishing a research agenda, based on her prior work, investigating the social determinants of American Indian (AI) health. More specifically, she is interested in exploring the impact of structural rick factors such as neighborhoods, housing, and housing policies on health in American Indian communities. She recently completed a study examining the association between homeownership and health in AI populations.

Marley teaches graduate and undergraduate classes including Introduction to American Indian Studies, American India Sovereignty and the Courts, Federal Indian Policy, Social Change in American Indian Communities, and Historical Trauma, Healing, and Decolonization.

Education
  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of New Mexico 2013
  • M.P.H. Community Health, University of Arizona 2005           
  • B.A. Elementary Education, University of Arizona 2001
Research Interests

American Indian health & health policy; structural and social determinants of American Indian Health; Indigenous knowledge's influence on health & health practices;

Publications
  • Cacari-Stone, L., Boursaw, B., Bettez, S., Marley, T.L., & Waitzkin, H. Place as a predictor of health insurance coverage: A multivariate analysis of counties in the United States. Health & Place (2015).
  • Tennille L. Marley, PhD, MPH; Molly W. Metzger, PhD. A Longitudinal Study of Structural Risk Factors for Obesity and Diabetes Among American Indian Young Adults, 1994-2008. Preventing Chronic Disease (2015).
Research Activity
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 420Amer Indian Studies Research
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 180Intro/American Indian Studies
AIS 280Amer Indian Sovereignty/Courts
AIS 493Honors Thesis
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 280Amer Indian Sovereignty/Courts
AIS 512Hist Trauma, Heal & Decoloniza
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 180Intro/American Indian Studies
AIS 280Amer Indian Sovereignty/Courts
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 280Amer Indian Sovereignty/Courts
AIS 510Social Change in Amer Ind Comm
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 180Intro/American Indian Studies
AIS 280Amer Indian Sovereignty/Courts
AIS 590Reading and Conference
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 285Federal Indian Policy
AIS 492Honors Directed Study
AIS 499Individualized Instruction
AIS 512Hist Trauma, Heal & Decoloniza
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 180Intro/American Indian Studies
AIS 280Amer Indian Sovereignty/Courts
AIS 590Reading and Conference
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 180Intro/American Indian Studies
AIS 512Hist Trauma, Heal & Decoloniza
AIS 590Reading and Conference
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 180Intro/American Indian Studies
AIS 280Amer Indian Sovereignty/Courts
Presentations
  • Marley, T.L. Land, History, and Health: The Construction of Diabetes on a Southwest Indian Reservation. Western Social Science Conference (Apr 2015).
  • Marley, T.L. Indigenous Knowledge, Land, and History: The Determinants of American Indian Health. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico, Fall Le (Sep 2014).
  • Marley, T.L. Indigenous Knowledge, Land, History and Health: The Construction of Diabetes on an American Indian Reservation. 12th Annual Disparities in Health in America: Working Towards Social Justice Workshop (Jun 2014).