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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From alcoholism to sobriety: Four Native American women from a Plains Indian Reservation Abstract
Ridgely, Blanche
Curriculum & Instruction, University of Wyoming
Ritual and architecture in the Titicaca Basin: The development of the sunken court complex in the formative period Abstract
Cohen, Amanda Beth
Dept. of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles
An articulation of the standpoint of peer support workers to inform childbearing program supports in Manitoba First Nation communities: institutional ethnography as de- colonizing methodology Abstract
Eni, Rachel
Faculty of Medecine (Community Health Science), University of Manitoba
Connectedness and health for First Nation adoptees Abstract
Carriere, Jeannine
Dept. of Human Ecology, University of Alberta
To the centre of the circle: Pilgrimage to Lac Ste-Anne (Alberta) Abstract
Anderson-McLean, Maire Kathleen
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Alberta
Health and settlement implications of parasites from Pacific Northwest coast archaeological sites (British Columbia) Abstract
Bathurst, Rhonda R.
Dept. of Anthropology, McMaster University
Where the waters divide: Environmental justice, neoliberalism, and Aboriginal voices. An ethnography of the changing Canadian water sector Abstract
Mascarenhas, Michael
Dept. of Sociology, Michigan State University
Reconstructing the cause and origin of structural fires in the archaeological record of the Greater Southwest (Mexico, New Mexico) Abstract
Lally, James R.
Department of Anthropology, The University of New Mexico
The Indian character piece for solo piano (ca. 1890-1920): A historical review of composers and their works Abstract
Bruning, Stephanie
Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati
'You find yourself in there': Hybridity, transposition and translation in White Mountain Apache discourse (Arizona) Abstract
Nevins, Marybeth Eleanor
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Arizona
Household economies:The role of animals in a Historic period chiefdom on the California coast Abstract
Noah, Anna Christine
Dept. of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles
First Nations leadership development within a Saskatchewan context Abstract
Ottmann, Jacqueline
Dept. of Educational Administration, University of Saskatchewan
Delocalized knowledges: Conceptualizing problem gambling in a Native American reservation community Abstract
Penickova, Daniela Anezka
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Oregon
An evaluation of the American Indian Air Quality Training Program Abstract
Quartaroli, MaryLynn
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction, Northern Arizona University
Gender balance and cultural renewal in Oyate/Sioux Literature Abstract
Ragaini, Cecilia
English Department, University of South Dakota
Constructing two cultural realities: Newspaper coverage of two American Indian protest events Abstract
Richardson, Mavis Ione
School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota
Native American strategies for student success in postsecondary education Abstract
Roettele-Bickel, Gail M.
College of Education, University of South Dakota
Indian warriors and pioneer mothers: American identity and the closing of the frontier in public monuments 1890-1930 Abstract
Scolari, Paul
Department of History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh
Maintenance and change of 18th-century mission Indian identity:A multi-ethnic contact situation (Florida, Spain) Abstract
Waters, Gifford J.
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Florida
Cayuga Iroquois households and gender relations during the Contact period: An investigation of the Rogers Farm site, 1660s--1680s (New York) Abstract
Williams-Shuker, Kimberly Louise
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh
Non-ordinary experiences of ordinary women: Initiation and individuation on the medicine path Abstract
Oxford, Tamara
Dept. of Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute
The economy of war: Violence, religion, and the Wabanaki Indians in the Maine borderlands Abstract
Bilodeau, Christopher John
Dept. of History, Cornell University
'Whence came the American Indians?': American anthropologists and the origins question, 1880--1935 Abstract
Burba, Juliet Marie
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota
Immigration, the American West, and the twentieth century: German from Russia, Omaha Indian, and Vietnamese-urban villagers in Lincoln, Nebraska Abstract
Kinbacher, Kurt E.
Dept. of History, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Women elders' life stories of the Omaha tribe: Macy, Nebraska (Eleanor Baxter, Alice Saunsoci, Hawate/Wenona Caremony) Abstract
Summers, Wynne L.
Dept. of English, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
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