Kyle Powys Whyte

Kyle Powys White
  • Timnick Chair in the Humanities
  • Established through a gift from Henry O. Timnick
  • Philosophy


Kyle Powys Whyte, the Timnick Chair in the Humanities at Michigan State University, is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability, a faculty member of the Environmental Philosophy & Ethics graduate concentration, and a faculty affiliate of the American Indian & Indigenous Studies and Environmental Science & Policy programs. His research, teaching, training, and activism address moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples and the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and climate science organizations.

Whyte earned his undergraduate degree from Babson College, his master’s degree in Philosophy from University of Memphis, and his PhD in Philosophy from Stony Brook University.

He is Potawatomi and an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. His work has recently extended to cover issues related to Indigenous food sovereignty. His writing appears in journals such as Climatic Change, Sustainability Science, Hypatia, Synthese, and Human Ecology and in collections published by Oxford University Press, Routledge, Cambridge University Press, and New York University Press. Among others, his work has been funded by: the National Science Foundation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center, and Mellon Foundation. He received the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities in 2009 and the Bunyan Bryant Award for Academic Excellence from Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice in 2015.