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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Perceptions of justice: Undergraduate degree persistence of African, Asian, Hispanic, and Native Americans at the University of Nevada, Reno, 1994--2002 Abstract
Bermudez, Yvonne M.
Department of Sociology, University of Nevada, Reno
Rebuilding the longhouse: Obstacles to and opportunities for settling the Cayuga Indian Nation land claim through negotiation (New York) Abstract
Blancke, Brian Booth
Dept. of Anthropology, Syracuse University
Primitive echoes: The capturing and conjuring of Native American music Abstract
Geyer, Christopher R.
Ethnomusicology Institute, Indiana University
Pathogenic emotions: Sentiment, sociality, and sickness among the Tzotzil Maya of San Juan Chamula, Chiapas, Mexico Abstract
Groark, Kevin Patrick
Dept. of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles
Occupation and displacement in the Old Northwest: The role of three technologies Abstract
Gutierrez, Gustavo A.
Dept. of History, Iowa State University
Common law aboriginal knowledge protection rights: Recognizing the rights of aboriginal peoples in Canada to prohibit the use and dissemination of elements of their knowledge Abstract
Halewood, Michael
School of Law, York University (Canada)
Identity, territory and place: Insights from the Warm Springs Reservation (Oregon) Abstract
Knox, Margaret Ann
Dept. of Geography, University of Oregon
Relational dimensions of intercultural communication for public dialogue and decision-making: A case study of modern day treaty negotiation in British Columbia Abstract
LaFever, Marcella Anne
Department of Communications & Journalism, University of New Mexico
Reclaiming cultural sovereignty: Tribal environmental programs at Cahuilla and Twenty-Nine Palms (California) Abstract
Madrigal, Anthony Louis
Dept. of History, University of California, Riverside
Les nouveaux Indiens: Identification aux Indiens d'Amerique du Nord et actualisations de l'indianite a travers le mouvement indianophile. Mythe, loisir, utopie, mises en spectacles et ingenierie culturelle Abstract
Maligne, Olivier
Ethnologie et Anthropologie Sociale, Université Laval
Maternal gambling, parenting in the home environment, and child outcomes in Native American families Abstract
Momper, Sandra
School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh
Three peoples, one king: Loyalists, Indians, slaves and the American Revolution in the Deep South, 1775—1782 (Georgia, South Carolina) Abstract
Piecuch, James R.
Dept. of History, William and Mary College
Acting to learn: The place of performance in university retention for African Americans, Native Americans and Latinos Abstract
Piper Price, Linda
Native American Studies, University of New Mexico
Music in urban La Paz, Bolivian nationalism, and the early history of cosmopolitan Andean music: 1936--1970 Abstract
Rios, Fernando Emilio
School of Music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Metaphysics and materiality: Landscape painting and the art of Kay WalkingStick Abstract
Seppi, Lisa Ann
School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Narrating Black Hawk: Indian wars, memory, and Midwestern identity Abstract
Sherfy, Michael J.
Dept. of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Native American images as sports team mascots: From Chief Wahoo to Chief Illiniwek Abstract
Taylor, Michael
Dept. of Anthropology, Syracuse University
Between plaza and palisade: Household and community organization at early Moundville (Alabama) Abstract
Wilson, Gregory D.
Dept. of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
'Women don't talk': Gender and codemixing in an evangelical Tzotzil village (Mexico) Abstract
Baron, Akesha L.
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Washington
By their very presence: Rethinking research and partnering for change with artists and educators from Long Island's Shinnecock Nation (New York) Abstract
Caracciolo, Diane M.
Teacher's College, Columbia University
A course on indigenous church principles for Native American leaders in the north-central region of the United States Abstract
Davis, John Rue
Pentecostal Leadership, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
The emergence of Jicarilla Apache enclave economy during the 19th century in northern New Mexico Abstract
Eiselt, Bernice Sunday
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Michigan
Transitivity in Arapaho: A construction grammar approach Abstract
Francis, Hartwell S.
Dept. of Linguistics, University of Colorado at Boulder
An ethnographic account of language documentation among the Kurripako of Venezuela Abstract
Granadillo, Tania
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Arizona
Food and authority in the English Atlantic world, 1570-1640 Abstract
LaCombe, Michael
Dept. of History, New York University
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