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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More things of heaven on earth: Reading ancient landscapes of the Americas Abstract
Swiat Yorke, Susan
Anthropology Program, Rutgers
An analysis of potential soil productivity and land use on the Standing Rock Reservation Abstract
Jeffery, Thomas C.
Dept. of Geography, University of Nebraska
Rebels of Laicacota: Spaniards, Indians, and Andean mestizos in southern Peru during the mid-colonial crisis of 1650--1680 Abstract
Dominguez, Nicanor J.
Dept. of History, University of Indiana at Urbana-Champain
Where the water ebbs and flows: Place and self among the Rappahannock people, from the emergence of their community to its seclusion in 1706 Abstract
Ragan, Edward DuBois
Dept. of History, Syracuse University
Tribal-municipal cooperation in Oklahoma Abstract
Collard, James C.
Dept. of Political Science, University of Missouri, Saint Louis
Factors contributing to the cessation of solvent use Abstract
Irvine, Kathryn Elizabeth
Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary
Living well: Understanding the experience of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in First Nations peoples Abstract
Sanguins, Julianne
Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary
Community development planning with a Native American tribe in a colonized environment: Mashpee Wampanoag, a modern Native American tribe in southern New England seeking to maintain traditional values and cultural integrity Abstract
Peters, Ramona Louise
Dept. of Psychology, Alliant International University, Fresno
Dine binahat'a', Navajo government Abstract
Benally, AnCita
Dept. of History, Arizona State University
Adult learning through storytelling: A study of learning strategies and philosophies of American Indian storytellers Abstract
Green, J. Rachel
College of Education, Oklahoma State University
Qualities of effective Native American bicultural education programs Abstract
Frizzell, Nathan
College of Education and Allied Professions, Western Carolina University
An innovative response to enhance Native American educational success and advancement in higher education Abstract
Montes, Claudine A.
Educational Studies, University of British Columbia
Recovering language, reclaiming voice: Menominee language revitalization Abstract
Lemley, Christine Keller
Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Defining the components of academic self-efficacy in Navajo American Indian high school students Abstract
Golightly, Thomas R.
Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education, Brigham Young University
A study of South Carolina teachers' knowledge and application of selected children's literature on American Indian culture Abstract
Becton, Laura Stuart
Dept. of Instruction and Teacher Education, University of South Carolina
Domesticated Chenopodium in North America: Comparing the past and the present Abstract
Glore, Angela Gordon
Dept. of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis
Bone tools and technological choice: Change and stability on the Northern Plains Abstract
Griffitts, Janet Lynn
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Arizona
Alutiiq engineering: The mechanics and design of skeletal technologies in Alaska's Kodiak archipelago Abstract
Margaris, Amy Vlassia
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Arizona
Constructing Ava Guarani ethnic identity: The emergence of Indian organization Abstract
Gaska, Henryk
Dept. of Anthropology, Catholic University of America
The role of moral outrage in the Northern Paiute Wars of the mid-19th century Abstract
Gualtieri, Michael Allen
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Oregon
Miami Indian language shift and recovery Abstract
Rinehart, Melissa A.
Dept. of Anthropology, Michigan State University
Daily life and the development of the state in the Moche Valley of north coastal Peru: A bioarchaeological analysis Abstract
Gagnon, Celeste Marie
Dept. of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Paradoxes of power: The Lands for Life public consultations Abstract
Ballamingie, Patricia
Dept. of Geography, Carleton University
Power lines: Urban space, energy development and the making of the modern Southwest Abstract
Needham, Todd Andrew
Dept. of History, University of Michigan
Kinship, communities, and covenant chains: Mohawks and Palatines in New York and upper Canada, 1712--1830 Abstract
Paxton, James W.
Dept. of History, Queen's University
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