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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Zooarchaeology and chronology of Homol'ovi I and other Pueblo IV period sites in the central Little Colorado River valley, northern Arizona Abstract
LaMotta, Vincent Michael
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Arizona
Community reorganization in the southern zone of the Casas Grandes culture area of Chihuahua, Mexico Abstract
Larkin, Karin Burd
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Colorado at Boulder
An examination of selected piano works by Francisco Mignone, Lorenzo Fernandez and Marlos Nobre using the corresponding Brazilian dances as a guide to their performance Abstract
Machado, Simone Gorete
College of Fine Arts, University of Arizona
Power, production and practice: Technological change in the Late Classic ceramics of Piedras Negras, Guatemala Abstract
Munoz, Arturo Rene
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Arizona
An archaeological survey of the Onavas Valley, Sonora, Mexico: A landscape of interactions during the late Prehispanic period Abstract
Murrieta, Emiliano Gallaga
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Arizona
Understanding an indigenous curriculum in Louisiana through listening to Houma oral histories Abstract
Ng-A-Fook, Nicholas A.
College of Education, Louisiana State University
Filling scripts: A multi-sited ethnography of pharmaceutical sales practices, psychiatric prescribing, and phamily life in North America Abstract
Oldani, Michael James
Dept. of Anthropology, Princeton University
Dealing with ecological variability and change: Perspectives from the Denesoline and Gwich'in of northern Canada Abstract
Parlee, Brenda L.
Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba
Indians, environment, and identity on the borders of American literature Abstract
Smith, Lindsey Claire
School of the Arts, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Shaping stones, shaping pueblos: Architecture and site layout in Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico, A.D. 1150 to 1600 Abstract
Van Zandt, Tineke Renee
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Michigan
Exploring the concepts of sovereignty and belonging among the Bad River Chippewa (Wisconsin) Abstract
Wabindato, Elizabeth Arbuckle
School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
Witchcraft, statecraft, and the challenge of 'community' in central New Guinea Abstract
Wesch, Michael Lee
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Virginia
Depression, discrimination, trauma, and American Indian ethnic identity Abstract
Byers, Lisa G.
School of Social Work, Washington University
The California Indian Basketweavers Association:A Native agency for change and cultural continuity Abstract
Cardozo, Catherine Louise
Native American Studies, University of California, Davis
Geographic variation in Native American anthropometrics: A spatial analysis of the Boas and Gifford datasets Abstract
Dillingham, Paul Christopher
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Tennessee
Forgotten students: American Indian high school student narratives on college access Abstract
Fann, Amy J.
School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
The power to define: A history of the Tom Longboat Awards, 1951--2001 Abstract
Forsyth, Janice Margaret
Dept. of Kinesiology, University of Western Ontario
Linguistic archaeology: Prehistoric population movements and cultural identity in the southwest Great Basin and far southern Sierra Nevada (California) Abstract
Gold, Alan Philip
Plant Sciences Dept., University of California, Davis
Engagement, classroom environment, academic outcomes, and American Indian middle school students Abstract
Guiling, Shawn Forrest
Psychology Dept., University of Missouri, Columbia
Narrated portraits: The lived experience of Native women in academia Abstract
Jaime, Angela M.
College of Education, Purdue University
The Covenant Chain of peace: Metaphor and religious thought in seventeenth century Haudenosaunee Council oratory Abstract
Johnston, Louise
Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University
The ecological and social dynamics of Inuit narwhal foraging at Pond Inlet, Nunavut Abstract
Lee, David S.
Dept. of Geography, McGill University
James Bay Cree students and higher education: Issues of identity and culture shock (Quebec) Abstract
Stonebanks, Christopher Darius
Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction, McGill University
A season on the Kaw: The role of sport in the lives of American Indian women Abstract
Van Mullem, Heather I. D.
Dept. of ealth, Sport, and Exercise Sciences, University of Kansas
Self-employment on Indian reserves Abstract
Wilk, Piotr
Dept. of Sociology, University of Western Ontario
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