Our Team

Our teams at the Alaska Native Language Center and Alaska Native Langugage Archive are dedicated to the revitalization of Alaska Native languages.

Our supportive faculty and staff, expert emeritus and affiliate faculty, and community of language champions are committed to supporting language learners and sharing our collective knowledge. Reach out today to learn more. 


Faculty

Walkie Charles

Walkie Charles

Director

Alaska Native Language Center

Brooks 107A

Walkie Charles received his PhD in Applied Linguistics in 2011. His interests include Dynamic Assessment, Sociocultural Theory, and Yugtun (Yup'ik Eskimo) Language teaching and learning. Since Walkie began teaching Yugtun at UAF, he has been involved in the Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE) Program, through which he earned his doctorate. His dissertation was titled Dynamic Assessment in a Yugtun L2 Intermediate Adult Classroom.

Anna Berge

Anna Berge

Professor of Linguistics and Alaska Native Language Archive Director

Alaska Native Language Center

Brooks 421

Anna Berge received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997. She has specialized in West Greenlandic and Unangam Tunuu (Aleut) and does theoretical and descriptive work in syntax and discourse. She is currently working on comparative Eskimo-Aleut linguistics, Aleut language documentation, and Aleut language learning materials.

 

Hishinlai' Peter

Hishinlai' Peter

Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages

Alaska Native Language Center

Brooks 107D

Hishinlai’ 2019 Ph.D. eenjit tr’agwah’yà’ diiginjik hàa tr’agwarah’in hàa. Jìi kwaii geenjit gineech’ałtthat -- nats’ahts’à’ diiginjìk geech’oorahtan, nats’ahts’à’ diiginjìk gooraa’ee, ginjik ch’izhii gooraa’ee, jùu tr’inlįį, ts’à’ nats’à’ diilak nąįį dèegee’yà’. Hishinlai’ Dinjii Zhuh nąįį Alaska ts’à’ Canada nahkat gwats’an goovàa tr’agwah’yà’.

Qaġġun Chelsey Zibell

Qaġġun Chelsey Zibell

Assistant Professor of Iñupiaq Language

Alaska Native Language Center

Brooks 107C

Qaġġun Chelsey Zibell received an M. Ed. from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a focus on Secondary Education in 2017. Her interests include Iñupiaq grammar, Iñupiaq language literature development, and online curriculum development. She is also the faculty advisor for the Iñu-Yupiaq Dance Group, a UAF student organization that practices traditional Iñupiaq and Yup'ik dances.


Staff

Leon Unruh

Leon Unruh

Editor

Alaska Native Language Center

Brooks 427

Office Hours: Weekdays (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Leon Unruh handles production of printed and electronic materials at ANLC. He came to ANLC in 2009 after three decades of newspaper editing in Kansas, Texas, and Alaska and two decades of freelance book editing in a variety of academic and business disciplines. He earned his bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Kansas and is writing a history of his hometown. He is a co-author of Final Destinations: A Travel Guide for Remarkable Cemeteries in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana (2000). His most recent book is a novel set in Alaska and Kansas: Dog of the Afterworld (2013).

John DiCandeloro

John DiCandeloro

Collections Manager

Alaska Native Language Archive

John DiCandeloro is the Collections Manager at the Alaska Native Language Archive. Originally from Oklahoma, John has a background in library science and less commonly taught languages. His interests include historical sociolinguistics, book history, and cultural heritage conservation.


Emeritus

Lawrence Kaplan

Lawrence Kaplan

Professor Emeritus

Linguistics

Jeff Leer

Jeff Leer

Professor Emeritus

Alaska Native Languages

Steve Jacobson

Steve Jacobson

Professor Emeritus

Alaska Native Languages


Affiliates

Gary Holton

Gary Holton

Affiliate Faculty

Alaska Native Language Center

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Alessandro Jaker

Alessandro Jaker

Affiliate Faculty

Linguistics

Goyatıkǫ̀ Language Society

André Bourcier

André Bourcier

Affiliate Faculty

Linguistics

Yukon Native Language Centre

Perry Gilmore

Perry Gilmore

Affiliate Faculty

Alaska Native Language Center

University of Arizona

Alice Taff

Alice Taff

Affiliate Faculty

Alaska Native Language Center

John Ritter

John Ritter

Affiliate Faculty

Alaska Native Language Center

Yukon Native Language Centre