Michaela Paulette  Shirley

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Michaela Paulette Shirley is Water Edge, born for Bitterwater. Her maternal grandfather is Salt and her paternal grandfather is Coyote Pass. She was born in Fort Defiance, AZ and grew up in Kin Dah Lichii (Red House), AZ. She received her bachelor’s in urban planning from Arizona State University, and a master’s in community and regional planning from the University of New Mexico. Michaela’s background and research interests in urban planning, community planning, Indigenous planning, community development, community-school relationships, youth engagement/development, biographies of landscape, decolonization, and Navajo studies. Shirley’s master’s thesis, entitled, “The Role of Schools in the Community Development of Kin Dah Lichii, Arizona”, will provide the foundation for her Ph.D. work.