About Our Faculty and Staff
John W. Heaton, PhD
Professor and Department Chair
605B Gruening Building
Dr. Heaton is your go-to guy for questions and concerns about the Department of Sociology. He is a historian who specializes in the history of American Indians in the US West.
Dr. Sine Anahita
Associate Professor in Sociology
Dr. Anahita teaches and researches organized inequalities--how organizations, states, and institutions organize social inequality based on race, class, sex, sexuality, gender, age, spatiality, looks, dis/ability, and other markers of difference. Dr. A is Alaska's fiddling sociologist, and is the Chapter Representative for Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), the international sociology honor society.
Maureen Biermann, ABD
Maureen Biermann will be teaching SOC 100X Individual, Culture, and Society, this fall while she finished up her disseration on climate change for the Department of Geography at Pennsylvania State University. Sociology is so lucky that she will be teaching for us this Fall!
Nicole Dufour, MA
Nicole Dufour holds her master's in Anthropology and is purusing a PhD in Linguistic Anthropology at UAF. She will be teaching SOC 201 Social Problems and Solutions in Fall 2016. Happy to have her here!
Melanie Lindholm, MA
Melanie Lindholm is a recent graduate of UAF's Arctic and Northern Studies Program. She wrote her thesis on foodways among Alaska Natives. This Fall, she teach SOC 100X, our most popular class. Welcome to Melanie Lindholm!
Kayt Sunwood, PhD
Dr. Kayt Sunwood earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instructional Technology from Iowa State University. She will be teaching the eLearning section of SOC 100X for Fall 2016, as well as teaching SOC 100X for UAF's Community and Technology College at the downtown campus. Dr. Sunwood also teaches courses in the Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program at UAF.
Ms. Seifert is our Administrative Assistant. She loves to help students locate the resources they need. She can help you with general inquiries about the department, assist you in finding an adviser, or tell you the location of your professor's office.