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Dr. Brandon Boylan
Assistant Professor of Political Science
603 A Gruening Building

Dr. Brandon Boylan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF).  His research areas of expertise include international relations, international security, political violence, terrorism, ethnic conflict, and separatist movements.  His current research agenda centers on the motives, means, and opportunities of terrorist campaigns waged along ethnic lines, for which he has conducted fieldwork in Sri Lanka and Spain.  His research has been published or is forthcoming in Conflict Management and Peace Science, Nations and Nationalism, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.  He is currently working on a book, tentatively titled The Opportunity for Terrorism: Communal Leadership Vacuums in Nationalist Movements.  At UAF, he is a faculty affiliate of the Arctic and Northern Studies Program (ANORS) and Center for the Study of Security, Hazards, Response, and Preparedness (C-SSHRP).  He is also the faculty advisor to the Model United Nations (MUN) club and faculty lead on the Model Arctic Council (MAC) initiative.  He teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in international relations and research methods.  Recently, he has participated in the Basin Harbor Teachers’ Workshop, sponsored by the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Affairs, Johns Hopkins University, and the Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS), sponsored by the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War & Peace Studies, Columbia University.  Prior to joining the faculty at UAF, he was a Research Associate at the Ford Institute for Human Security.  He holds a Ph.D. in international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Dr. Alexander Keller Hirsch
Assistant Professor of Political Science
601 B Gruening Building

Dr. Alexander Keller Hirsch is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.  His primary field is political theory, and his research and teaching interests focus on the entanglements, impasses, and dreamworlds faced by people who inhabit the afterness of catastrophe.  His work draws on theories of transitional justice, aesthetic experience, democratic life and moral psychology, and explores questions that ask how risk, hope, sensation and rituals of promising and political action can help to shape experimental terrains of mutuality, survival and resilience after mass violence.  In particular, he has published widely on Native Americans, and the pathways of renewal and decolonization such groups have marshaled in the aftermath of historical ruination.  His articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as Theory & Event; Law, Culture & the Humanities; Philosophy & Social Criticism; The International Journal of Transitional Justice; Social Identities; American Indian Journal of Culture and Research; and Contemporary Political Theory.  He is also the editor of Theorizing Post-Conflict Reconciliation (Routledge, 2011), a volume of essays that unsettles prevailing assumptions in transitional justice theory regarding the role of forgiveness, healing, memorializing, and responsibility, as responses to past violence.  At UAF, Dr. Hirsch is an affiliate of the Arctic and Northern Studies Program (ANORS), as well as the faculty advisor to the Socratic Society and Pi Sigma Alpha.  He offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses, including Ethics & Society; Classical Political Thought; After Evil; Modern Political Thought; Environmental Political Theory; Contemporary Political Theory; Feminist Political Theory; and The Politics of the Possible.

Photo: Dr. Lovecraft hiking in the White Mountains north of Fairbanks on the weekend of the summer solstice. At the higher elevations in these mountains the sun will not dip below the horizon during this time, but there is often snow.

Dr. Amy L. Lovecraft
Associate Professor of Political Science
602 A Gruening Building

Dr. Amy Lauren Lovecraft is an Associate Professor of Political Science and has served on the University of Alaska faculty since 2001.   She received her B.A. in 1994 and began graduate studies in Vienna, Austria pursuing her undergraduate focus on international economics and European integration. Unable to resist North America for long she returned to earn her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin concentrating on American political development, public policy, and political theory. Her dissertation analyzed transboundary natural resource policies between the United States and Canada. At UAF her courses include the Law and Society suite – Politics and Judicial Process, Con Law I and Con Law II – and, among others, Public Policy, Political Economy, the American Presidency, and Political Behavior. Working to foster interdisciplinary engagement among students and faculty she is active in the Northern Studies and the Resilience and Adaptation programs at UAF. In her research, Dr. Lovecraft explores power dynamics in social-ecological systems. Her scholarship has been published as book chapters and in journals such as Arctic, Marine Policy, The American Review of Canadian Studies,Polar Geography, Policy Studies Journal, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Most recently she is co-editor of the transdisciplinary volume North by 2020: Perspectives on Alaska’s Changing Social-Ecological Systems (Autumn 2011) that developed from collaboration during the International Polar Year. She has been a Dickey Fellow in Arctic Studies at Dartmouth College and a Fulbright Research Scholar in Norway at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO). She has served terms as amember of the U.S. National Academies Polar Research Board and is he Associate Director of the North by 2020 Forum.  Currently, as the Principle Investigator on a National Science Foundation grant, she is working on the development of a scenarios process for  the Northwest Arctic and North Slope Boroughs for "Healthy Sustainable Communities.".                                                                                                                               [top]

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Dr. Gerald McBeath
Professor Emeritus
601B Gruening

Dr. Gerald (Jerry) McBeath was educated at the University of Chicago (BA, social sciences, 1963; MA, international relations, 1964) and the University of California at Berkeley (Ph.D., political science, 1970). He joined the UAF faculty in 1976 after teaching at Rutgers College and the City University of New York. His publications include about 55 journal articles and 14 books, the most recent of which are Education Reform in the American States (McBeath, Reyes & Ehrlander, 2008), The Political Economy of Oil in Alaska (McBeath, Berman, Rosenberg & Ehrlander, 2008) and Environmental Change and Food Security in China (McBeath & McBeath, 2010). His research interests are the state and local politics of Alaska, federalism, Native politics, politics of circumpolar northern states, political development of Taiwan and mainland China, comparative politics of East Asian states, and environmental politics and policy, both domestic and international

Photo: Dr. Meek on one of the trails in the boreal forest of Denali National Park

Dr. Chanda L. Meek
Assistant Professor of Political Science
604A Gruening Building

Dr. Meek is an interdisciplinary social scientist specializing in environmental and marine policy. She has worked with and researched policy options for community-based resource management and collaborative management since the mid-1990s and now teach courses related to government and politics in Canada, the Arctic, comparative Indigenous rights and research design for graduate students and undergraduate students at UAF. She has active research projects related to marine mammals and environmental change, governance of social-ecological systems, adaptive governance of Arctic systems, and policy learning from disasters. She has published in the journals Global Environmental Change, Marine Policy, Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Polar Geography, Journal of Environmental Management, and the Alaska Journal of Anthropology and is a contributor to a new volume from Cambridge University Press, "Principles for Building Resilience." [top]

Photo: Was taken in summer 2002 above the Arctic Circle in Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. Dr. Gladden sits by a set of caribou antlers, near Anaktuvuk Pass in the central Brooks Range.

Dr. James N. Gladden (retired 2010)
Professor Emeritus

Dr. Gladden has a B.A. and a Ph.D. from Indiana University and an M.A. from the University of Houston. He came to the UAF faculty in 1985 and teaches courses on environmental policy and politics, ethics and social issues, and the history of Western and American political ideas. His research interests are environmental policy and the politics of managing public lands in Alaska and other regions of the circumpolar north. He recently completed a study funded by the National Science Foundation on the politics of making land use choices for wilderness areas in northern Finland and Alaska. He has published several books and articles on related topics. Dr. Gladden was a Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria, serving as a senior lecturer at the University of Jos. He taught courses in public policy and federalism, and worked on a rural development project. He was also on sabbatical leave as a visiting scholar at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University. The research focus was on arctic wilderness as a policy concept. He has participated in several summer seminars and institutes sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Some topics were the environmental history of the American West and the environmental ethics of managing public lands in Alaska.

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