MMIWG Team

Principal Investigator

Kathleen (Kate) A. Fox, Ph.D.
Fox is the Director of the Lab and Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her research expertise focuses on crime victimization among underserved populations, with a particular emphasis on American Indian populations. Her work examines theoretical risk factors for interpersonal victimization, including family violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and the murder and missing of Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG).

Arizona State University Tribal Liaison Partners

Turquoise Devereaux (Salish and Blackfeet Tribes of Montana)
Devereaux has worked in many different capacities to ensure culturally safe spaces for American Indian communities in all settings at local, state and regional levels. She was the Montana Indian Education Association’s American Indian Support Staff of the Year Award recipient in 2017. She earned her Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Montana and her Master of Social Work at Arizona State University. Devereaux is the Co-owner of Indigenous Community Collaborative, a 100% Native-women owned social enterprise in Phoenix, AZ, and the Project Coordinator at the Office of American Indian Projects in ASU School of Social Work.
Chris Sharp (Colorado River Indian Tribes)
Sharp is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Director of Office of American Indian Projects, within the School of Social Work at the Arizona State University. He is of the Mohave tribe, descendant of the Frog Clan (Bouh'th) and a citizen of the Colorado River Indian Tribes. He earned his B.S. in American Indian Studies, Master of Social Work, and Master of Public Administration at Arizona State University. As Director of the Office of American Indian Project, Sharp coordinates and monitors research among Indigenous communities to ensure a focus that is beneficial to the tribes and one that reinforces a government-to-government approach.
Jacob Moore (Tohono O’odham Nation)
Moore is the Assistant Vice-President of Tribal Relations at Arizona State University. His expertise is focused on the development, enhancement, and sustained collaborative partnerships between Arizona State University and tribal nations and Indigenous communities locally, regionally, and globally. Moore is a former president and member of the Arizona State Board of Education, and currently serves on several boards of directors, including the Morrison Institute for Public Policy. Moore was most recently the managing partner of Generation Seven Strategic Partners, LLC, and previously worked as an Economic Development Analyst and Special Assistant on Congressional and Legislative for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

Research and Public Policy Partners

Traci Morris, Ph.D. (Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma)
Morris is the Director of the American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI) at Arizona State University. Morris has worked with American Indian tribes, Tribal businesses, American Indian non-profits, and Indigenous media makers, artists, and galleries. She wrote a college-accredited curriculum in American Indian new media; and has advocated for digital inclusion at the Federal Communications Commission and on Capitol Hill. Morris’s research and publications on Indigenous media and the digital divide is focused on Internet use, digital inclusion, network neutrality, digital and new media curriculums, digital inclusion and development of broadband networks in Indian Country.
Dominque Roe-Sepowitz, Ph.D.
Roe-Sepowitz is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University and Director of the ASU Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research. She has her master’s degree and doctorate in social work and is a researcher, professor and a forensic social work practitioner. She works very closely with community groups including the Phoenix Police Department, the Phoenix Prosecutor's Office and Catholic Charities DIGNITY programs. Her research work spans the prevention, detection, identification and trauma-focused treatment of sex trafficking victims. Recently, Roe-Sepowitz conducted a national study on AMBER Alert in Indian Country.