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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Inviting American Indian arts curriculum into a school: The short life and long term effects of an arts program Abstract
Bequette, James W.
School of Education, Stanford University
Production, exchange, and social identity: A study of Chupadero black-on-white pottery (New Mexico) Abstract
Clark, Tiffany C.
School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University
Logboats of the southeastern United States: Investigating the question of form (North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia) Abstract
Curci, Jessica Lee
Dept. of Anthropology, East Carolina University
El senador, Dennis Chavez: New Mexico native son, American senior statesman, 1888--1962 Abstract
Diaz, Rosemary T.
Dept. of History, Arizona State University
Agency interactions specific to Arizona American Indian students in higher education Abstract
Drake, Tonya M.
Policy Leadership & Curriculum Program, Arizona State University
The social landscape of depopulation: The northern San Juan, A.D. 1150--1300 Abstract
Glowacki, Donna M.
Dept. of Anthropology, Arizona State University
A heuristic inquiry of three Navajo women in educational Leadership Abstract
Holiday, Jacqueline
Dept. of Education, Arizona State University
Counselling First Nations: Experiences of how Aboriginal clients develop, experience, and maintain successful healing relationships with non-Aboriginal counsellors in mainstream mental health settings, a narrative study Abstract
Howell-Jones, Gail E.
School Psychology, University of British Columbia
The organization of chipped-stone economies at Piedras Negras, Guatemala Abstract
Hruby, Zachary Xavier
Dept. of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside
Landscape management at Guijarral, northwestern Belize Abstract
Hughbanks, Paul James
Dept. of Anthropology, Tulane University
The visual discourse of ninth-century stelae at Machaquila and Seibal (Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras) Abstract
Just, Bryan R.
School of Liberal Arts, Tulane University
Roads to the center: The design, use, and meaning of the roads of Xunantunich, Belize Abstract
Keller, Angela H.
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
'Burn the churches, break up the bells': The archaeology of the Pueblo Revolt revitalization movement in New Mexico, A.D. 1680--1696 Abstract
Liebmann, Matthew J.
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
Specialized production and social reproduction during the Middle Rincon phase in the Tucson Basin (Arizona) Abstract
Lindeman, Michael W.
School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University
Performing identity in an ancient Maya city: The archaeology of houses, health and social differentiation at the site of Baking Pot, Belize Abstract
Piehl, Jennifer Claire
Dept. of Anthropology, Tulane University
The bioarchaeology of newly discovered burial caves in the Sierra Tarahumara (Mexico) Abstract
Walker, Cameron v
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Oregon
Identity and authenticity: Explorations in Native American and Irish literature and culture Abstract
Wall, Drucilla Mims
Dept. of English, University of Nebraka, Lincoln
Pit cooking and intensification of subsistence in the American Southwest and Pacific Northwest Abstract
Yu, Pei-Lin
Dept. of Anthropology, Southern Methodist University
Reconfiguring identities: Tacana retribalization in Bolivia's Amazonia Abstract
Bathurst, Laura Ann
Dept. of Anthropology, University Of California, Berkeley
Aboriginal education programs in British Columbia's public school system and their relation to Aboriginal student school completion Abstract
Desroches, Julie Luce
Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University
Cut marks as evidence of Precolumbian human sacrifice and postmortem bone modification on the north coast of Peru Abstract
Hamilton, Laurel Anderson
Dept. of Anthropology, Tulane University
Reconciling dispossession? The legal and political accommodation of native title in Canada and Australia Abstract
Lochead, Karen E.
Department of Political Science, Simon Fraser University
Citizen Maya Abstract
Padilla, Guillermo Alberto
Dept of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management, University Of California, Berkeley
Beyond inclusion: Transforming the educational governance relationship between First Nations and school districts in British Columbia Abstract
Byron, Robbie
Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University
Life in question: Inuit youth, suicide and the Canadian state (Nunavut) Abstract
Stevenson, Margaret Elizabeth
Dept. of Anthropology, University Of California, Berkeley
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