Daina Cheyenne Harvey earned a B.B.A (Finance) and a Double B.A. (Philosophy and Economics) from the University of Texas-Austin and a M.A. (Sociology) from the University of Houston. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University in 2013. For his dissertation he worked with a consortium of non-profits and community groups in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and the federal levee failures. He is currently writing a book tentatively titled Anthropocene Demos: Neoliberal Disorder and the Long-Term Lessons of Hurricane Katrina based on this research. This book explores the concept of ecological citizenship as a way to rectify democratic exclusion in the anthropocene. Its focus is on the experiences of residents of the Lower Ninth Ward with participatory democracy amidst the neoliberal setting of the long-term aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
With Ellis Jones he is also working on a study of the craft brewing industry in New England. Another project looks at how farms, forests, fisheries, and foragers are dealing with climate change in New England.