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Social Sciences

The mission of the UAS Social Sciences Department is to provide an interdisciplinary learning experience. Our program facilitates student learning in the following areas:

The Social Sciences Department has a commitment to cultural diversity and to exposing students to multiple world views.

Combine three disciplines into your ideal academic plan

Social Sciences

Program coordinator: Dr. William Urquhart

With concentration areas in:

  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
 

Start at UAS, Study Law at Willamette University with the Direct Admission Program

The 4+3 Direct Admission Program allows undergraduate students studying at UAS and UAS alumni to gain admission to Willamette Law based on certain academic credentials. When a student meets these credentials, they will be admitted to the Willamette School of Law and be guaranteed a Direct Admission scholarship of $10,000, renewable each year the student is enrolled at Willamette Law and remains in good standing.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our Social Science students. Many of them develop a strong interest in policy and law while attending UAS. This unique partnership with Willamette University of Law provides a valuable pathway for expanding their career options.” — Dr. Lora Vess, Faculty and Chair, UAS Social Sciences

Willamette College of Law

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Denise Carl

Denise Carl

Academic Advisor

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Administrative Assistant

Suzi D. Vollmer

Administrative Assistant

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Faculty

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

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Forest S. Haven, B.A.

Forest S. Haven, B.A.

Term Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Alaska Native Studies

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Erica Hill, Ph.D.

Erica Hill, Ph.D.

Professor of Anthropology

Effective January 15, 2020, Erica will be serving as program director for Arctic Social Sciences at the National Science Foundation in Alexandria, VA. While she maintains her employment with UAS, she is not currently teaching any courses or accepting any advisees. She can be reached via her UAS email.

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Daniel Monteith, Ph.D.

Daniel Monteith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Anthropology

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David H. Noon, Ph.D.

David H. Noon, Ph.D.

Professor of History

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Kasia Polanska, Ph.D.

Kasia Polanska, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology & Political Science

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John Radzilowski, Ph.D.

John Radzilowski, Ph.D.

Professor of History

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Priscilla Schulte, Ph.D.

Priscilla Schulte, Ph.D.

Ketchikan Campus Director, Professor of Anthropology/Sociology

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William Urquhart, Ph.D.

William Urquhart, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology, Social Sciences Department Chair

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Lora E. Vess

Lora E. Vess

Associate Professor of Sociology

Environmental sociology and environmental justice, food studies, social inequality, social movements, scholarship of teaching and learning, sociology of health and medicine

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Jennifer Welsh, Ph.D.

Jennifer Welsh, Ph.D.

Term Assistant Professor of History

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Glenn D. Wright, Ph.D.

Glenn D. Wright, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science; Statewide Coordinator, Senator Ted Stevens State Legislative Internship Program

For Glenn, the study of politics is a vocation as well as a pastime, though he also enjoys skiing and sea kayaking. He writes on environmental issues, resource governance, and Alaska state politics and spends about 150 days a year on skis or in a kayak.

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Ali Ziegler, Ph.D.

Ali Ziegler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

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Melissa J. Dolese, Ph.D.

Melissa J. Dolese, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Emeritus Faculty

Robin Walz, Ph.D.

Robin Walz, Ph.D.

Professor of History, Emeritus

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