The mission of the UAS Humanities Department is to help students develop independence, flexibility, and creativity in thinking and personal growth. Our programs facilitate student learning in the following areas:
- Self-reflection is encouraged as students learn from writing, speaking, and problem solving in the humanities.
- Students develop individual style and voice as they apply creative and critical techniques in problem-solving activities.
- Students learn to articulate and defend their ideas as they gain an appreciation of the role of the humanities for the individual development and society as a whole.
The Humanities Department has a commitment to cultural diversity and to exposing students to multiple world views.
Alaska Native Arts, Languages & Studies
Program coordinator: Dr. X̱’unei Lance Twitchell
English & Literature
Program coordinator: Emily Wall, M.F.A.
Kevin Krein, Ph.D.
Professor of PhilosophyProfile and contact info
Rod Landis, M.Litt.
Professor of EnglishProfile and contact info
Emily Wall, B.A., M.F.A.
Professor of English
My passion is for poetry. I’ve been studying, writing, and publishing poetry for 20 years. I’ve been lucky enough to be part of a connected and supportive writing community throughout Alaska.
Andrea L. Dewees
Associate Professor of Spanish, Humanities Department ChairProfile and contact info
Jeremy Kane, M.F.A.
Associate Professor of ArtProfile and contact info
Kevin Maier, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
While my training is in 19th and 20th century American literature, my interests have always been in the cultural components of environmental concerns, often seen from the angle of sport hunting and fishing. Which is to say: I like to mix my outdoor recreation with hard questions about climate change, equity, and environmental justice.
Math Trafton, B.A., B.S., M.A., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
In the classroom, Dr. Trafton is committed to empowering students through rigorous interdisciplinary exercises that challenge students according to their interests and their abilities. He strives to support students in developing the experience, confidence, and skills to discover their voice and to use it effectively.Profile and contact info
Lance (X̱’unei) A. Twitchell, M.F.A., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Alaska Native Languages
All systems and spaces have space for Indigenous languages, knowledges, arts, and peoples. You can study with us and stand up for Indigenous languages, ways of knowing, and decolonization in revolutionary self-love. Kakḵwa.áaḵw aag̱áa yakḵwadláaḵ: I will try, and I will succeed!
Teague Whalen, B.A., M.F.A.
Associate Professor of English & CommunicationProfile and contact info
Richard F. Simpson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Humanities, Geography and Environmental Studies BA Coordinator
Literary Theory; Literary Urban Studies; Material Cultures of Education; Nineteenth-Century Labor and Economic Theory; Allegory and the Essay; Cultures of Finance Capital
Forest J. Wagner, M.A.
Assistant Professor of Outdoor StudiesProfile and contact info
Rosemarie J. Alexander-Isett, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of CommunicationProfile and contact info
William Elliott, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Growing up in rural Alaska, we were always reading, especially the snow. Today I am still reading, nose in a book, nose to the air. As a teacher, and scholar of literature and environment, my work attends to the ways that our experiences are both socially constructed and materially grounded, shaped by stories and signs that are often curved along the contours of a more-than-human world.
Assistant Professor of Writing and CommunicationProfile and contact info
Wayne Price, Master Carver
Associate Professor of Northwest Coast Arts
Touch culture - carve knowledge - weave wisdom - dance identity - sew stories - sing tradition - live language - feel the drumbeat - breath our land
Liz Zacher, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor of ArtProfile and contact info
Heather D. Burge, B.L.A., M.A.
Haa Yoo X̱ʼatángi Deiyí Our Language Pathway Project Coordinator & Adjunct FacultyProfile and contact info