Dr. Christopher Horsethief 04 May 2015

"If you don't have purpose, you don't know how to contribute."


Christopher Horsethief is a social network analyst and organizational theory consultant specializing in complex social processes, collective intelligence, and post-traumatic community resilience. His professional endeavors have brought diverse theory into practice among several Columbia River Tribes, including the Ktunaxa, Ksanka, Spokane, Colville, and Flathead. The result has been increased efficacy of Indigenous Ways, Native language revitalization, and First Nations mediated culture.


Christopher received a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College, a M.A in Applied Economics from Washington State University’s School of Economic Sciences, and a Ph.D. from Gonzaga University’s Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies. His research has consistently explored functional similarities and divergences between Indigenous Ways of Knowing and the Western Scientific Method.


His teaching background includes Community Development and Capacity Building at the College of the Rockies, Statistics & Mathematics applications and Management & Supervision in post-crisis scenarios at the Spokane Tribal College, and Leadership and Strategy in the Gonzaga University’s MBA-American Indian Entrepreneurship Program. Most recently he joined the faculty in Union Institute and University’s Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Studies where he is teaching courses in complexity science, collective problem-solving, and the emergence of leadership.


His research interests include identifying long tail and scale-free distributions in social network architectures, describing their facilitation of resource pathway redundancies, post-fragmentation network alignment, and social network intelligence. His research interests specific to leadership include exploration of the functional overlaps between leadership as a process of unifying energies for common goals, collective intelligence as collaborative cognition in light of common problems, and social network intelligence as coordinated and distributed problem-solving agency. His current research initiatives include the use of statistical and social data to instantiate complex emergence and creation of meta-agents to facilitate organizational cognition.