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Liliana Caughman, PhD

Assistant Professor, American Indian Studies

Transformative Climate Justice Scholar

Community-embedded anti-colonial research at the intersection of environmental studies, climate survival, and pluralistic futures. 


Liliana Caughman, PhD is an Assistant Professor in American Indian Studies at Arizona State University. They are a Global Futures Scholar and Faculty with the Earth Systems Science for the Anthropocene (ESSA) network. Dr. Caughman's research uses anti-colonial methods and values to explore how processes relate to outcomes, specifically in collaborative and community-based transformation and climate justice initiatives. They are interested in procedural justice, and the ability of cooperative and iterative practices to achieve equitable and lasting transformation. 

In Dr. Caughman's role as Research Associate at Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions, they are currently developing and implementing a formative evaluation approach for the NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program in the Pacific Northwest. This work supports the development of knowledge, expertise, and abilities of Tribal and rural decision makers to plan and prepare for climate variability and change.

Outside of work, Liliana enjoys spending time outdoors exploring the world with her spouse and son, as well as cooking and eating Puerto Rican food as a way connect with her culture and ancestors.

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Liliana Caughman, PhD publishes her work in scholarly journals, attends and facilitates academic conferences, and gives talks and presentations to advance knowledge in her field.

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