The mission of the UAS Social Sciences Department is to provide an interdisciplinary learning experience. Our program facilitates student learning in the following areas:
- Diverse experiential learning experiences and opportunities.
- An integrated liberal arts education.
- Selected disciplines prepare students for careers and graduate studies.
The Social Sciences Department has a commitment to cultural diversity and to exposing students to multiple world views.
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.
“For UAS students considering a career in the law, our agreement with Willamette Law is a great opportunity which allows you to attend beautiful Willamette, receive your Juris Doctorate, and receive scholarship funding to support your time in law school.” — Dr. Glenn Wright, Faculty, UAS Social Sciences
Assistant Professor of AnthropologyView profile and contact info
Forest S. Haven, Ph.D. (she/her)
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Alaska Native StudiesView profile and contact info
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.View profile and contact info
Daniel Monteith, Ph.D.
Professor of AnthropologyView profile and contact info
David H. Noon, Ph.D.
Professor of History, Social Sciences Department ChairView profile and contact info
Kasia Polanska, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology & Political ScienceView profile and contact info
William Urquhart, Ph.D. (he/him)
Interim Campus Director / Professor of SociologyView profile and contact info
Glenn D. Wright, Ph.D.
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.
Ali Ziegler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of PsychologyView profile and contact info
Melissa J. Dolese, Ph.D. (she/her)
Assistant Professor of PsychologyView profile and contact info
Nguyet Nguyen, Ph.D. (she/her)
Assistant Professor of HistoryView profile and contact info