Roxanne Ornelas

Associate Professor of Geography and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Miami University
212 Shideler Hall
Oxford, Ohio 45056


  • Ph.D. 2007, Geography, University of Minnesota


My research focus is on the geographies of Indigenous peoples with an emphasis on the protection of their sacred lands, Indigenous women and environmental leadership, public policy, environmental justice and human rights. I also hold affiliate faculty status with both the Department of Comparative Religion and the Institute for the Environmental & Sustainability.


  • IES 274: Introduction to Environmental Principles & Sustainability
  • GEO 111: World Regional Geography
  • GEO 309, WGS 309: Native American Women
  • GEO 406/506, WGS 406: Indigenous Peoples and Their Sacred Lands
  • WGS 201: Introduction to Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Selected Publications

  • Ornelas, R.T. (2014). Implementing the Policy of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. International Indigenous Policy Journal, 5(1). Retrieved from:
  • Ornelas, R.T. (2013). International Treaties Models for Transparency in Governance. The Public Administration TimesInternational, 36(1), 5. Washington, DC: American Society for Public Administration.
  •  Ornelas, R.T. (2012). We Walk for the Water: A Case Study on the Geographies of Indigenous Peoples. Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences, 35, 280-288.
  •  Ornelas, R. T. (2011). Managing the Sacred Lands of Native America. The International Indigenous Policy Journal,2(4). Retrieved from: