Cross-Cultural and Indigenous Studies

PhD Program in Indigenous Studies

Graduate School
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, Alaska  99775
Phone (907) 474-7464 • Fax (907) 474-1984

The joint Ph.D. program in Indigenous Studies is sponsored by the UAF Graduate School in collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts, School of Education, and College of Rural and Community Development. The program draws and builds upon long-standing academic and research capabilities at UAF to offer an integrated course of advanced graduate study consisting of a common core curriculum that all students complete, coupled with five thematic specialty areas from which students choose a concentration:

Ph.D. candidates will participate in research activities across a variety of academic disciplines and applied fields at UAF. They are encouraged to engage in comparative studies with other indigenous peoples around the world and to focus their dissertation research on issues of relevance to Alaska and the Arctic. Using the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. model of academic assignment, student’s home base will be in the School or College of their major advisor, who also serves as an affiliate faculty for the program.

In collaboration with the graduate committee, each student develops a program of coursework and research that produces a unique intellectual contribution to the applied fields associated with Indigenous Studies. Students elect to focus on one of the five thematic specialty areas or they may choose in collaboration with their graduate committee to draw on multiple themes to develop their own areas of study and dissertation research.