Raymond Austin, JD, PhD
Professor, Applied Indigenous Studies
SBS West (Building 70), Room 216
Dr. Raymond Austin is Diné (Navajo) from the Navajo Nation. He earned a law degree (J.D.) from the University of New Mexico Law School in 1983, and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2007.
Dr. Austin teaches in the areas of federal Indian Law, criminal jurisdiction in Indian Country, American Indian customary law, American Indian governments, courts and constitutions, and Indigenous peoples and international law. Dr. Austin’s book, Navajo Courts and Navajo Common Law, A Tradition of Tribal Self-Governance (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), is the only book available on use of American Indian customary law in American Indian courts. Previous to his NAU appointment, Dr. Austin taught at the University of Arizona College of Law in Tucson.