About Our Faculty and Staff

Dr. John Heaton

photograph of Professor John Heaton

Department Chair and Professor

605B Gruening Building



Dr. Heaton is a historian who teaches and researches Amerian Indian history, the American West, and the United States. He is currently the Executive Director of the Western History Association and holds the  Arthur T. Fathauer Chair of History.

Dr. Sine Anahita

photo of Dr. Sine Anahita, Alaska's fiddling sociologist

Associate Professor in Sociology

702C Gruening


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.

Visit Dr. Anahita's website 

Dr. David Kadanoff

photo of Dr. Melanie Arthur and her dogs

Term Assistant Professor

704A Gruening


The Department of Sociology is pleased to welcome Dr. Kadanoff to UAF! Dr. Kadanoff teaches SOC 100X, Individual Culture & Society, and he is also teaching Popular Culture in Spring 2016.


Dr. Kara Dillard

Assistant Professor


Dr. Dillard (Ph.D., Kansas State University) is a Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and is a professionally trained public issues facilitator. Her published academic work focuses on the mechanisms of successful citizen-based deliberation and understanding of how facilitators, by the means of their discursive choices, influence the content and quality of deliberative talk in public forums. She has a background in National Issues Forums (NIF) style deliberations, having convened and facilitated over forty community dialogues on topics ranging from health care costs, economic security, mental health care, and the mission of public education. Her research has been featured in Journal of Applied Communication Research and International Journal of Communication.

Dr. Dillard is teaching online courses in Spring 2016.

Patty Seifert

Administrative Assistant

702 Gruening



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. 

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