Kyle Whyte is Professor of Environment and Sustainability and George Willis Pack Professor at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability. Previously, Kyle was Professor and Timnick Chair in the Department of Philosophy and Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. Kyle’s research addresses moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples, the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and science organizations, and problems of Indigenous justice in public and academic discussions of food sovereignty, environmental justice, and the anthropocene. He is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Kyle has partnered with numerous Tribes, First Nations and inter-Indigenous organizations in the Great Lakes region and beyond on climate change planning, education and policy. He is involved in projects and organizations that advance Indigenous research methodologies, including the Climate and Traditional Knowledges Workgroup, Sustainable Development Institute of the College of Menominee Nation, Tribal Climate Camp, and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga. He has served as an author on reports by the U.S. Global Change Research Program and is former member of the U.S. Federal Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science and the Michigan Environmental Justice Work Group. Kyle's work has received the Bunyan Bryant Award for Academic Excellence from Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, MSU's Distinguished Partnership and Engaged Scholarship awards, and grants from the National Science Foundation.
Whyte, K.P. 2019. Too Late for Indigenous Climate Justice: Ecological and Relational Tipping Points. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Climate Change (WIREs Climate Change) 11 e603: 1-7.
Whyte, K.P. 2019. Way Beyond the Lifeboat: An Indigenous Allegory of Climate Justice. Climate Futures: Reimagining Global Climate Justice. Edited by D. Munshi, K. Bhavnani, J. Foran, and P. Kurian, 11-20. Zed Books.
Whyte, K.P. 2018. What Do Indigenous Knowledges Do for Indigenous Peoples? Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Learning from Indigenous Practices for Environmental Sustainability. Edited by M.K. Nelson and D. Shilling, 57-82. Cambridge University Press.
Whyte, K.P. 2018. Indigenous Science (Fiction) for the Anthropocene: Ancestral Dystopias and Fantasies of Climate Crises. Environment & Planning E: Nature and Space 1 (1-2): 224-242.
Whyte, K.P., Caldwell, C. and Schaefer, M. 2018. Indigenous Lessons About Sustainability Are Not Just for “All Humanity”. Sustainability: Approaches to Environmental Justice and Social Power. Edited by J. Sze, 149-179. NYU Press.
Whyte, K.P. 2017. Indigenous Climate Change Studies: Indigenizing Futures, Decolonizing the Anthropocene. English Language Notes 55 (1-2): 153-162.
PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University