Faculty

Dr. Brandon Boylan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF).  His research areas of expertise include international relations, international security, political violence, terrorism, ethnic conflict, and separatist movements.  His current research agenda centers on the motives, means, and opportunities of terrorist campaigns waged along ethnic lines, for which he has conducted fieldwork in Sri Lanka and Spain.  His research has been published or is forthcoming in Conflict Management and Peace Science, Nations and Nationalism, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.  He is currently working on a book, tentatively titled The Opportunity for Terrorism: Communal Leadership Vacuums in Nationalist Movements.  At UAF, he is a faculty affiliate of the Arctic and Northern Studies Program (ANORS) and Center for the Study of Security, Hazards, Response, and Preparedness (C-SSHRP).  He is also the faculty advisor to the Model United Nations (MUN) club and faculty lead on the Model Arctic Council (MAC) initiative.  He teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in international relations and research methods.  Recently, he has participated in the Basin Harbor Teachers’ Workshop, sponsored by the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Affairs, Johns Hopkins University, and the Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS), sponsored by the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War & Peace Studies, Columbia University.  Prior to joining the faculty at UAF, he was a Research Associate at the Ford Institute for Human Security.  He holds a Ph.D. in international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

Mary F. Ehrlander is Director of the Arctic & Northern Studies Program and Professor of History at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Dr. Ehrlander earned a BA in Political Science (1992) and MA in Northern Studies (1993) at UAF. She earned an MA (1995)  and Ph.D. (1999) in Government at the University of Virginia. Her doctoral program focused on constitutional law and the history of racial segregation in American public education. Dr. Ehrlander has lived and researched in Sweden, and she reads and speaks Swedish fluently. She has published in the fields of: education policy, oil politics in Alaska; northern alcohol cultures, problems, and policies; and missionary history in Alaska. She currently has a book in press with the University of Nebraska Press: Alaska Native Son: The Life of Walter Harper, which is the life story of the Irish-Athabascan man who was the first person to stand atop North America's tallest peak, Denali, in 1913.  Dr. Ehrlander teaches U.S. history, Scandinavian history, Canadian history, 20th century circumpolar history, and a graduate level introduction to the circumpolar north: NORS 600 Perspectives on the North.

Piotr Graczyk is a PhD Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology, Political Science and Community Planning at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway.

Piotr teaches a course on Arctic politics at UiT, which often conclude with Model Arctic Council simulations. He was also one of co-organizers of the pilot UArctic MAC held at NArFU in Arkhangelsk in February 2014.

Piotr’s research interests include roles of the Arctic Council in Arctic governance, international institutions and regimes, Norwegian foreign policy in the Arctic, Arctic shipping and engagement of non-Arctic actors in Arctic politics. Piotr's doctoral project focuses on institutional impact on member states' policies and interests, where he looks at the Arctic Council's role in an Arctic shipping regime. Piotr worked as a policy assistant at the Arctic Council Secretariat in Tromsø and is a frequent member of Polish observer delegations to various Arctic Council's meetings, with focus on PAME working group. He is also an adviser on Arctic affairs to the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In the spring of 2016 Piotr is a visiting fellow at University of California Santa Barbara.

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