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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‘Indian rolling': White violence against Native Americans in Farmington, New Mexico Abstract
Donaldson, Lisa Weber
Dept. of Sociology, University of New Mexico
Negotiating a new religious world: English missionaries and American Indians in colonial southeastern Massachusetts Abstract
Eden, Jason Edward
Dept. of History, University of Minnesota
Racial juris-fiction: Federal Indian law from the discovery doctrine to allotment Abstract
Furumoto, Kim Benita
School of Justice Studies, Arizona State University
The politics of commerce: Aztec pottery production and exchange in the Basin of Mexico, A.D. 1200--1650 Abstract
Garraty, Christopher P.
School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University
Conspicuous consumption: An intercultural history of the Kwakwaka'wakw Hamat'sa Abstract
Glass, Aaron
Dept. of Anthropology, New York University
Assessment of Navajo men who have naturally recovered from their drinking problems without treatment Abstract
Jasperse, Marlene Long
College of Education, University of New Mexico
Boarding school, family and opportunity: Student discourses as adaptive strategies at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Abstract
Khachadoorian, Angelle
Dept. of Anthropology, University of New Mexico
The economic impacts of American Indian casinos Abstract
Wooyoung, Kim
Dept. of Economics, University of Maryland, College Park
Investigations of small structures in the Citadel District of Wupatki National Monument Abstract
Lambert, Ruth Ellen
Dept. of Anthropology, University of New Mexico
Structure, culture, and lethality: An integrated model approach to American Indian homicide and suicide Abstract
Lanier, Christina
Dept. of Sociology, University of Delaware
The nagual hiding in shadows: Metamorphic supernaturals, contested discourse, and the complications of fieldwork in the Huasteca Veracruzana of northeast Mexico Abstract
Martin del Campo, Edgar
Dept. of Anthropology, State University of New York, Albany
Mississippi Band of Choctaw postsecondary school Scholarship Program and its impact on return to the reservation: A case study Abstract
Neblett, Rose Marie
School of Education, George Washington University
'Indios pero no tanto' [Indians but not quite Indians]: An ethnography about indigenous identity among the Yanaconas of Popayan Abstract
Sevilla, Manuel Enrique
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Toronto
Critical and shared: Conceptions of Inuit educational leadership Abstract
Tompkins, Joanne Marie
Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, University of Toronto
In-group/out-group dynamics of Native American mascot endorsement Abstract
Gonzalez, John
Dept. of Psychology, University of North Dakota
Predicting body mass index in Northern Plains American Indian children Abstract
Jollie-Trottier, Tami
Dept. of Psychology, University of North Dakota
Exploring Na Wahine leadership from a Native Hawaiian perspective Abstract
Lee, Nani
School of Social Work, University of South California
Factors of success at two tribal colleges as perceived by tribal college board members and presidents Abstract
Longie, Erich Steven
College of Education and Human Development, University of North Dakota
The "Carrara Herbal" in context: Imitation, exemplarity, and invention in late fourteenth-century Padua Abstract
Kyle, Sarah Rozalja
Dept. of Art History, Emory University
Removing the college involvement "research asterisk": Identifying and rethinking predictors of American Indian college student involvement Abstract
Garland, John L.
Counseling and Personnel Services, University of Maryland, College Park
An investigation of the phenomenon of shortages of Indian teachers as described by tribal college leaders in teacher preparation Abstract
O'Dell, Cynthia Best
Dept. of Educational Leadership, University of Montana
Clothing power: Hierarchies of gender difference and ambiguity in Moche ceramic representations of human dress, C.E. 1-850 Abstract
Scher, Sarahh Elizabeth Malka
Dept. of Art History, Emory University
A qualitative study of tribal colleges and universities that have transitioned: From two-year associate degree granting institutions to targeted four-year bachelor degree granting institutions Abstract
Chandler, Lynette
Dept. of Educational Leadership, University of Montana
An examination of communicative dialectical tensions and paradoxes encountered by Native American researchers in the field and in the academy Abstract
Belone, Lorenda
Communication Dept., University of New Mexico
X-communicated subjects in Native American literature Abstract
Tanner, Travis J.
Dept. of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine
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