Stephanie Russo Carroll, DrPH, MPH


Assistant Professor, Public Health Policy and Management, MEZCOPH

Assistant Research Professor, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy

Co-Founder, US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network

Assistant Director, CIEHR

Associate Director, NNI

Stephanie Russo Carroll (formerly Rainie) (Ahtna Athabascan) is Assistant Professor – Public Health, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy (UC); Associate Director and Manager – Tribal Health Program for the Native Nations Institute (NNI) in the UC; Assistant Professor in the Public Health Policy and Management Program at the Community, Environment and Policy Department, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH); and Assistant Director for the Center for Indigenous Environmental Health Research, MEZCOH at the University of Arizona (UA).

Stephanie's research explores the links between governance, health care, the environment, and community wellness. She collaborates with a community of tribal leaders and program staff, researchers, and students at the UA's NNI and CIEHR, and elsewhere. Stephanie mentors numerous staff and students in responsible research practices, research administration, and leadership, among other topics. She also functions as the UC's liaison to the University's Human Subjects Protection Program, monitoring implementation of the guidelines in UC research projects and participating in broader UA discussions of ethical collaborations with Indigenous peoples and communities.

Stephanie co-founded both the US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network and the International Indigenous Data Sovereignty Group at the Research Data Alliance. Stephanie was also a founding member of the UAs American Indian and Indigenous Health Alliance Club at MEZCOPH and the UA Native Faculty, working to support the recruitment and retention of Indigenous students and faculty at the UA. She is on the faculty advisory board for the UA’s Center for Digital Society and Data Studies and the Executive Committee for the American Indian Studies Graduate Interdisciplinary Program. Stephanie is a founding board member for the Copper River Tribal College in Chitina, Alaska.

Stephanie received her AB from Cornell University and MPH and DrPH from MEZCOPH.

Healthy Indigenous communities are built and rebuilt every day, though the actions of both citizens and leaders. We are healthy when our households, workplaces, and institutions are positive places, and when our cultures, languages, and lands are thriving. Rainie's research comes in many forms, from case studies of successful strategies to translation of large datasets into common language to reframing discussions of Indigenous governance and health. Yet the ultimate goal remains the same: enhancing connections - between people and their communities, governments, and others - to improve community and individual health and wellness.


Lovett, Ray, Vanessa Lee, Tahu Kukutai, Stephanie Carroll Rainie, Jennifer Walker. (2019.) “Good Data Practices for Indigenous Data Sovereignty,” in Angela Daly, Kate Devitt, & Monique Mann (Eds.), Good Data, Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures Inc. ISBN 978-94-92302-27-4.

Rainie, Stephanie Carroll, Tahu Kukutai, Maggie Walter, Oscar Luis Figueroa-Rodríguez, Jennifer Walker, Per Axelsson. (2018.( “Public draft: Open Data & Indigenous Data Sovereignty” In The State of Open Data edited by Tim Davies, Stephen Walker, Mor Rubinstein, and Fernando Perini.

Rainie, Stephanie Carroll, Desi Rodriguez- Lonebear, Andrew Martinez. (2017.) Policy Brief: Data Governance for Native Nation Rebuilding (Version 2). Tucson: Native Nations Institute University of Arizona.

Rainie, Stephanie Carroll, Desi Rodriguez- Lonebear, Andrew Martinez. (2017.) Policy Brief: Indigenous Data Sovereignty in the United States. Tucson: Native Nations Institute University of Arizona.

Stull, Ginger & Stephanie Carroll Rainie. (2016). Reframing return on investments for tribal colleges and universities: Aligning analyses with tribal priorities and educational missions. In Gasman, M., Castro Samayoa, A., Boland, W. C., Washington, A., Jimenez, C., & Esmieu, P. Investing in student success: The return on investment of Minority Serving Institutions. Philadelphia, PA: Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions.

Rainie, Stephanie Carroll, Miriam Jorgensen, Stephen Cornell, & Jaime Arsenault. (2015). The changing landscape of health care provision to American Indian nations. American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 39(1):1-24.

Schultz, Jennifer Lee, Stephanie Carroll Rainie, & Rachel Rose Starks. (2015). Residence, community engagement, and citizenship: How do non-resident tribal citizens connect with Native nations. Tucson, AZ: Native Nations Institute.

Schultz, J.L., and S.C. Rainie. 2014. The Strategic Power of Data: A Key Aspect of Sovereignty. The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 5(4).

Cornell, S., M. Jorgensen, S.C. Rainie, I. Record, R. Seelau, and R.R. Starks. 2008. “Per Capita Distributions of American Indian Tribal Revenues: A Preliminary Discussion of Policy Considerations.” Joint Occasional Papers on Native Affairs (JOPNA). Tucson and Cambridge: Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.