Institute Faculty

Traci Morris

Traci Morris

Executive Director of the American Indian Policy (AIPI) Institute; Arizona State University

Traci Morris has been the executive director of the American Indian Policy (AIPI) Institute at Arizona State University since 2014. She is a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. Under her leadership, the AIPI has grown and diversified its service to Indian Country providing policy analysis, tribally driven research, and capacity building working with such Indian Country partners as the National Congress of American Indians, the Native American Finance Officers Association, and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. A national expert in tribal broadband and access, she has testified at the Federal Communications Commission and on Capitol Hill. In her work at ASU and prior, Morris has worked with Native American nations, Tribal businesses, and Native American non-profits. Morris’s research and publications are focused on Internet use, digital inclusion, network neutrality, digital equity, and the development of broadband networks in Indian Country. Morris spearheaded and co-authored the groundbreaking Tribal Technology Assessment: The State of Internet Service on Tribal Lands in 2019. Her book, Native American Voices: A Reader, continues to be a primary teaching tool in colleges nationwide. Dr. Morris is Affiliated Faculty at ASU's School for the Future of Innovation in Society, an Affiliate of ASU's Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, President of the Board of the Phoenix Indian Center, and on the Advisory Council of the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums. Formerly, Morris served a two-year appointment (2014-2016 and 2010-2012) to the Federal Communications Commission's Consumer Advisory Committee and a one-year appointment (2017) to the Advisory Board for the Department of Labor's Native American Employment and Training Council.

Areas of Expertise

  • Broadband policies
  • Development of broadband networks in Indian Country
  • Digital inclusion
  • Digital sovereignty
  • Tribal digital equity