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Michaela Stith

Program Assistant, Polar Institute

Professional affiliation

Author of Welp: Climate Change & Arctic Identities, publishing May 2021

Full Biography

Ms. Stith is a lifelong Alaskan passionate about Arctic peoples’ well-being. She organizes events at the Polar Institute, handles communication including Twitter and the Polar Perspectives series, and produces the New Security Beat column Navigating the Poles. Before joining the Wilson Center she lived and worked in Tromsø, Norway as a Hart Leadership Fellow and, later, as an Associate at the Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat. She provided assistance to Indigenous Peoples' organizations in their international policy work and supported events like the 6th Arctic Leaders' Summit. As a first generation college graduate from Duke University, Michaela earned Graduation with Distinction in Environmental Science & Policy for her thesis on Arctic cruise ship regulation.

Major Publications

Stith, Michaela (May 2020). “Defining Traditional Knowledge in the Arctic Council,” EU Horizon 2020 InterACT Working Package 9. https://eu-interact.org/app/uploads/2017/11/D9.1.pdf.

Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat and UiT University Library (Sept 2019). “Ságastallamin: Telling the Story.” https://sagastallamin.com/.