Mary F. Ehrlander, Ph.D.

Director of Arctic and Northern Studies
Professor of History
University of Alaska Fairbanks
PO Box 756460
Fairbanks, AK 99775

Courses taught by Dr. Mary F. Ehrlander

HIST 131/132

History of the United States
NORS 293The Circumpolar North: An Introductory Overview

HIST 404

Modern Scandinavia
HIST 434Canada: 1867 – Present
HIST/NORS 48320th Century Circumpolar History

Perspectives on the North

Terrence M. Cole, Ph.D.

Professor of History
Director, Office of Public History
P.O. Box 756460
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775

Courses taught by Dr. Terrence M. Cole

History 100X

Modern World History

HIST 461/NORS 661

History of Alaska

HIST 481/NORS 681Polar Exploration and its Literature
HIST 490/NORS 690Researching and Writing Northern History

Professor Emeritus

Judith S. Kleinfeld, Ph.D.


Gerald (Jerry) McBeath, Ph. D.


Affiliated Faculty

Brandon Boylan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Courses taught: Government and Politics of Russia

Research specialties and interests: International relations, international security, political violence, terrorism, and ethnic conflict.

Diana Di Stefano, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History

Courses taught: Environmental History

Research specialties and interests: Environmental, American West, and Disaster history

Mary Goodwin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Art History

Courses taught: Visual Images of the North

Research specialties and interests: Artist of Alaska

John Heaton, Ph.D.
Professor of History and Executive Director of the Western History Association

Courses taught: History of Alaska Natives

Research specialties and interests: Native American history

Eric Heyne, Ph.D.
Professor of English

Courses taught: Alaskan and Northern Canadian Literature; Images of the North

Research specialities and interests: Alaskan and northern Canadian literature, American literature and critical theory

Alexander Hirsch, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Courses in the works: The Politics of Failure; Feminist Theory; and the Politics of the Possible: Active Citizenship and Everyday Life.

Research specialties and interests: Moral conflicts generated over the meaning of public pain; aboriginal peoples living in Western settler societies

Brian Kassof, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History

Courses taught: Imperial Russia 1700-1917; Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia

Amy Lovecraft, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science

Courses taught: Science, Technology and Politics; Government and Politics of Canada

Research specialties and interests: Policy research: wildland fire, sea ice, marine mammals, freshwater systems & transnational environmental regimes; Environmental political theory addressing rapid change and the far North.

Chanda Meek, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science

Courses taught: Arctic Politics and Governance; Government and Politics of Russia; US Environmental Politics

Research specialties and interests: Resilience of Northern social-ecological systems, natural resource & environmental policy & politics, human dimensions of wildlife mgmt., indigenous-state power-sharing arrangements, cross-scale policy implementation

James Ruppert, Ph.D.
Professor of English and Alaska Native Studies

Courses taught: Images of the North

Research specialties and interests: Alaska Native Studies; Oral Narratives; Travel Narratives

Jennifer Schell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English

Courses taught: Literature of Alaska and the Yukon Territory

Research specialties and interests: Alaskan maritime literature; science writing about arctic ecosystems; ecogothic literature; extinction narratives; animal studies; and print culture

William Schneider, Ph.D.
Curator of Oral History, Professor

Courses taught: Oral Sources; independent studies

Research specialties and interests: Cultural Anthropology; Ethnohistory; Alaska history; Oral history; Oral narrative

Peter Schweitzer, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology

Courses taught: Northern Indigenous Peoples and Contemporary Issues

Research specialties and interests: Viability of northern communities under conditions of climate change; History and indigenous identity in the North; Movement of people & ideas in & out of the Arctic

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