Elisha Charley

Ph.D. Planning
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
Urban Planning
The College of Lib Arts & Sci


Elisha Charley grew up in Dennehotso, AZ located in the northern region of the Navajo reservation. She is a member of the Dine (Navajo) nation. She is a Ph.D. student in the School of Geographic Science and Urban Planning at Arizona State University (ASU). Her research focus is on Indigenous Planning theoretical framework and housing conditions on tribal lands. She is also a Graduate Research Assistant at the ASU Knowledge Exchange for Resilience (KER). She engages with the community, advocating reciprocity in building community vitality. 


  • Ph.D. Urban Planning, Arizona State University 08/2019 - Present
  • M.A. Community, Regional, and Planning (MCRP), University of New Mexico 2017 
  • B.S. Interior Design, Northern Arizona University 2012