Faculty

 

Co-Directors

Mary F. Ehrlander, Ph.D.

Mary F. Ehrlander, Ph.D.

Co-director of Arctic and Northern Studies

Professor of History

GRUE 613 B

Courses taught by Dr. Ehrlander:

  • HIST 131/132 - History of the U.S.
  • ACNS 201 - The Circumpolar North
  • HIST 404 - Modern Scandinavia
  • HIST 434 - Canada: 1867 - Present
  • HIST 483/ACNS 683 - 20th Century Circumpolar History
  • HIST/ACNS 600 - Perspectives on the North

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Brandon Boylan, Ph.D.

Brandon Boylan, Ph.D.

Co-director of Arctic and Northern Studies

Associate Professor of Political Science

GRUE 603 A

Courses taught by Dr. Boylan:

  • PS 203 - Peace, War and Security
  • PS 323 - International Political Economy
  • ACNS 601 - Research Methods/Sources in the North
  • ACNS 652 - International Relations of the North
  • ACNS 668 - Government and Politics of Russia

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 Affiliated Faculty

 

Walkie Charles, Ph.D.

Walkie Charles, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Alaska Native Languages

Courses taught:

  • Yup'ik 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 415

Research specialties and interests: 

Dynamic Assessment, Sociocultural Theory, Vygotskian Approaches to Second Language Pedagogy, Second/Foreign Language Assessment (Classroom-based assessment), Theories of Second Language Acquisition, Indigenous Knowledges

 

Daryl Farmer, Ph.D.

Daryl Farmer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

Courses taught:

  • Intermediate Fiction and Nonfiction Writing
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Nature and Travel Writing
  • Graduate Writing Workshops
  • Forms of Nonfiction

Research specialties and interests:

Environmental Writing, Literature of the US West and Magical Realism

John Heaton, Ph.D.

John Heaton, Ph.D.

Professor of History

Courses taught:

  • History of Alaska Natives
  • American Film history

Research specialties and interests:

Native American economics and culture, Native American history

Eric Heyne, Ph.D.

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.

Alexander Hirsch, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science

Courses taught:

  • U.S. Environmental Politics
  • Ethics in International Affairs

Research specialties and interests:

Moral conflicts generated over the meaning of public pain; aboriginal peoples living in Western settler societies

 

Zoë Marie Jones, Ph.D.

Zoë Marie Jones, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Art

Courses taught:

  • Visual Images of the North
  • Alaska Native Art
  • Alaskan Field Artists

Research specialties:

20th Century art, immigrant artistic communities, art created in times of conflict

 

Tyler Kirk, Ph.D.

Tyler Kirk, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History

GRUE 606-B

Courses taught:

  • Western Civilization Since 1500
  • Europe Since 1045
  • Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia

Research specialties:
20th Century Europe, Soviet History, Post-Soviet Russia, the Russian Far North, Forced Labor and Migration, Memory Studies, Regional Studies, Communism and the Environment

David Koester, Ph.D.

David Koester, Ph.D.

Professor of Cultural Anthropology

Courses taught:

  • Folklore and Mythology
  • Anthropology of Energy
  • Oral Sources:  Issues in Documentation
  • Northern Indigenous Peoples and Contemporary Issues
  • Culture and History in the North Atlantic

 Research specialties and interests:

Culture and history, historical and national consciousness; anthropological study of insult and discursive manipulation of status; early history of ethnography; energy concepts and discourse; Iceland, Russian Far East, North Pacific, circumpolar.

Michael Koskey, Ph.D.

Michael Koskey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Cross-Cultural Studies

Courses taught:

  • Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights 
  • Field Research Methods
  • Documenting Indigenous Knowledge
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Education and Socioeconomic Change
  • Sustainable Livelihoods and Community Wellbeing

Research specialties and interests:

Oral history, traditional knowledge, ethnohistory, culture change, decolonization, resource use and allocation, community-based participatory research, cultural and intellectual property rights, and indigenous cosmology/mythology.

Amy Lovecraft, Ph.D.

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.

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Leslie McCartney, M.A.

Leslie McCartney, M.A.

Associate Professor Library Science, Curator of Oral History

Courses taught:
  • The Oral Tradition:  Folklore and Oral History
  • Dene Peoples of Alaska and Adjacent Canada
Research specialties and interests: 
Oral History, Gwich'in Elders (Northwest Territories Canada) lifestories

 

Chanda Meek, Ph.D.

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 management, indigenous-state power-sharing arrangements, cross-scale policy implementation                                  

Jennifer Schell, Ph.D.

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                                     

 Walter Skya, Ph.D.

Walter Skya, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

Courses taught:

  • Modern East Asia & the Arctic (HIST F697)
  • Modern Japan
  • Modern China
  • East Asian Civilization
  • Political Economy of Modern East Asia

Research specialties and interests:

Modern Japanese Intellectual History, Political Economy of Modern East Asia, East Asian Nationalisms                                     

Professor Emeritus

Terrence M. Cole, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Judith S. Kleinfeld, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Gerald (Jerry) McBeath, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

William Schneider, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus