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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The fall and rise of the wetlands of California's Great Central Valley: A historical and ecological study of an endangered resource of the Pacific Flyway Abstract
Garone, Philip Frank
Dept. of History, University of California, Davis
The Front Range of the Rocky Mountains: An environmental history, 1700--1900 Abstract
Vrtis, George H
Dept. of History, Georgetown University
Trends in diet, physical activity and health in remote Alaska native communities undergoing rapid Westernization Abstract
Bersamin, Andrea
Nutritional Biology, University of California, Davis
Acculturation, locus of control, and glucose levels among American Indians with diabetes Abstract
Danks, Gennea A.
Counseling, University of North Dakota
Theories of intelligence, goal orientation, and self-efficacy: Examining vulnerability to depression in Native American children and adolescents Abstract
Lindsay, Julie Elizabeth
Dept. of Psychology, University of Wyoming
Suicidal ideation and related factors in Native American adolescents with and without learning disabilities Abstract
Medoff, Lisa Rebecca
Native American Studies, Stanford University
Challenging the ideology of representation: Contemporary First Nations art in Canada Abstract
Longman, Mary Aski-piyesiwiskwew
Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Victoria
Negotiating cultural identity: Conceptualizing American Indian college student experiences in a communication course Abstract
Burk, Nanci M.
School of Human & Organizational Development, Fielding Graduate University
An educational model based upon the "old Lakota ways" (ehanni lakol wicohanki tunkasila kiksuye) and a plan to implement the model Abstract
Red Feather, Sheris R.
School of Educational Leadership & Change, Fielding Graduate University
Unraveling the white man's burden: A critical microhistory of federal Indian education policy implementation at Santa Clara Pueblo, 1902--1907 Abstract
Lawrence, Adrea
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Indiana University
The school experiences of Native American and Alaska Native students: A closer look at self determination theory Abstract
Smith Bontempi, Elaine
Department of Educational Psychology, University of Oklahoma
"Across every border": Nationalism, cosmopolitanism, tribal sovereignty, and contemporary Native American literature Abstract
Herman, Matthew Dale
Dept. of English, State University of New York at Stony Brook
"Dance your style!": Towards understanding some of the cultural significances of pow wow references in First Nations' literatures Abstract
McConney, Denise Suzanne
Dept. of English, The University of Saskatchewan
Preclassic excavations at Punta de Chimino, Peten, Guatemala: Investigating social emplacement on an early Maya landscape Abstract
Bachand, Bruce Robert
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Arizona
The warrior in the memoirs and fiction of Native American Vietnam War literature Abstract
Hundt, Stefanie
Dept. of English, Lehigh University
An American art: Edward S. Curtis and "The North American Indian", 1907--1930 Abstract
Egan, Shannon
Archaeology, John Hopkinss University
The negotiation of Native American identity: A narrative analysis of the controversy over the storing of nuclear waste on the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation Abstract
Clarke, Tracy Lee
Department of Communication, University of Utah
How can a teacher begin to help her kindergarten students gain "authentic" cultural understandings about Native North Americans through children's literature? Abstract
Pyterek, Margaret McNeil
Reading and Language Doctoral Program, National College of Education
Self-efficacy and resilience among American Indian adults: A study of successful American Indian adult survivors of life stress/trauma Abstract
Cutler, Martin Michael
School of Education, University of South Dakota
Factors involved in high school completion and non-completion of Native Americans Abstract
Starr, Lorrie
School of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Influence of second language immersion in Cherokee on children's development of past tense in their first language, English Abstract
Hirata-Edds, Tracy E.
Child Language Program, University of Kansas
On the interpretation of (un)certain indefinites in Inuktitut and related languages Abstract
Wharram, Douglas
Dept. of Linguistics, University of Connecticut
Forms of conquest: Indian conflict and the novel in the Americas Abstract
Lima, Enrique
Dept. of Comparative Literature, Stanford University
Coyote's Second Cousins Abstract
Singingeagle, V. Blanchard
Dept. of English, Creative Writing Program, University of South Dakota
Communal spaces: Aggregation and integration in the Mogollon region of the United States Southwest Abstract
Nisengard, Jennifer E.
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma
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