Thesis Abstracts

IPJ hosts a regularly updated data base of American Indian related Ph.D. from 2006 – the present. The dissertation coverage includes all languages and is international in scope as far as Dissertation Abstracts covers. This includes most European universities, South African universities, and a few in the Far East. They do not cover all the universities in the world, but do a pretty good job covering first world universities. There is no coverage of Latin American universities' dissertations. The data base is updated in each Winter and Summer issue of IPJ, and sometimes between issues. Since ProQuest, the proviser of the lists of dissertations from which Jonathan and Jay find Indigenous dissertations, no longer goes by months/years there will be titles from various years added in the updates.
The majority of this list has been compiled by:
Jonathon Erlen, Ph.D., History of Medicine Librarian, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh (
and Jay Toth, M.A., Professor of Anthropology, SUNY Freedonia (

You may also submit your own dissertation using the link below, and it will be included once we have verified it.

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Embodied landscapes: Native Americans, English colonists, and the creation of early American communities Abstract
Sellers, Jason Roberts
Dept. of History, University of California, Irvine
Ancient Maya ritual cave use in the Sibun Valley, Belize Abstract
Peterson, Polly Ann
Department of Archaeology, Boston University
Heterogeneity, identity, and complexity: Negotiating status and authority in Terminal Formative coastal Oaxaca Abstract
Barber, Sarah Barr
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Colorado at Boulder
The language of the Apinaje people of Central Brazil Abstract
de Oliveira, Christiane Cunha
Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon
Word and artifact: A study of cultural affiliation Abstract
Gaff, Donald H.
Dept. of Anthropology, Michigan State University
Creating culturally meaningful learning environments: Teacher actions to engage Aboriginal students in learning Abstract
Goulet, Linda May
Faculty of Education, The University of Regina (Canada)
The emergence and decline of the Delaware Indian nation in western Pennsylvania and the Ohio country, 1730--1795 Abstract
Grimes, Richard S.
Department of History, West Virginia University
Evolution of a dream: The emergence of Mayan ethnomathematics and expressions of indigenous ways of knowing at a Mayan autonomous school in Chiapas, Mexico Abstract
Hirsch-Dubin, Phoebe
Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara
Stress and female reproduction in a rural Mayan population (Guatemala) Abstract
Nepomnaschy, Pablo A.
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Michigan
In the aftermath of migration: Assessing the social consequences of late 13th and 14th century population movements into southeastern Arizona Abstract
Neuzil, Anna Astrid
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Arizona
Courting colonialism? The juridical construction and political aftermath of Metis rights in R. v. Powley Abstract
Andersen, Christian
Dept. of Sociology, University of Alberta
Etude archeologique de la production artisanale au site Huacas de Moche, cote nord du Perou (French text) Abstract
Bernier, Hélène
Département d'Anthropologie, Université de Montreal
Aboriginal archery and European firearms on the Northern Great Plains and in the Central Subarctic: Survival and adaptation, 1670--1870 Abstract
Bohr, Roland
Dept. of History, University of Manitoba
The genetic prehistory of eastern North America: Evidence from ancient and modern DNA Abstract
Bolnick, Deborah Ann
Dept. of Anthropology, University of California, Davis
'Faith' in social change: Three case studies from American social movement history, 1890--1940 (W. E. B. Du Bois) Abstract
Brunner, Marta L.
Department of the History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz
Accountability in a contemporary First Nation context: A blending of forms Abstract
Cosco, Gina
epartment of Accounting and Management Information Systems, University of Alberta
Identity, self-sufficiency and well-being: The values of beaver and geese to the Moose Cree First Nation Abstract
Davis, Caroline Elizabeth
Dept. of Human Ecology, University of Alberta
Rediscovering Huamalgua, the island of fogs: Archaeological and ethnohistorical investigations of Isla Cedros, Baja California Abstract
Des Lauriers, Matthew Richard
Dept. of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside
Evangelical religion and social instability in Southern Highland Peru Abstract
Ferguson, Michael
Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan
Mapping the textual terrain: Land, law and gender in American Indian women's writing Abstract
Fitzgerald, Stephanie
Dept. of English, The Claremont Graduate University
Power, policies, and politics: Women's involvement in Dene games in the Northwest Territories Abstract
Giles, Audrey Rhiannon
Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta
The journey of Aboriginal healthcare workers Abstract
Heilbron, Carrie Lynn
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Nihiyaw Awasak: Validation of Cree literacies. An ethnographic study of children at home, at school, and in the community Abstract
Laderoute, Barbara
Dept. of Elementary Education, University of Alberta
Marine shell as medium in Amerindian Aruba Abstract
Linville, Marlene S.
Dept. of Anthropology, City University of New York
Shifting allegiances at La Milpa, Belize: A typological, chronological, and formal analysis of the ceramics Abstract
Sagebiel, Kerry Lynn
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Arizona
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