Department Chair and Associate Professor. Earned her Ph.D. from SUNY Stony Brook in sociology, in 1998. Her dissertation is titled "The Social Means of Going On: Adapting to Chronic Illness." Her research areas of interest are the experience of living with chronic illness, identity, women's health issues, medical sociology, social psychology, and narrative and other qualitative research methods. She also spent 6 years researching the family experience of Alzheimer's disease and individuals experiencing Alzheimer's. Her other sociological interests include sociological theory, racial and ethnic identity, and emotions.
Courses Taught: Introduction to Sociology, Medical Sociology, Modern Social Theory, Ethnic & Racial Relations, Sociology of Emotions, Senior Seminar
Associate Professor, obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2009; dissertation focused on organizational innovation in tribal management of fish and wildlife, and various recent research projects explore common-pool resource management, inter-governmental collaboration, and economic development in Indian Country. Her interests center on Indigenous nation-rebuilding, self-governance, and social inequality. Additional interests include gender inequality, rural and community studies, social movements and collective action, and social justice.
Courses Taught: Introduction of Sociology; Social Problems, Rural and Urban Sociology, Social Movements, Environmental Sociology, Sociology of Gender, Social Science Research Methods
Assistant Professor. Dr. McCanna received his Ph.D. from the University of California Riverside in 2011 after spending around 15 years in the American southwest. He is an enrolled member of Chugach Alaska, one of the 13 regional corporations founded under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. He will tell you, "Academia is a means to an end, rather than the end in itself." Because of this philosophy, he is more comfortable applying sociology’s basic concepts to the activities of communal life rather than focusing on the minutiae of theories.
His interests in sociology include many fields centered about the reproduction of advantage/discrimination: Social Psychology, Institutions, Deviance and Crime, and the administration of law. Of central interest is working toward the security of tribal rights to self-determination and sustainability.
Other interests include star-gazing, guitar-making, and trying to figure out what crows and magpies are talking about.
Dr. Travis received her PhD. from the University of Utah in 1996. Her dissertation focused on Fremont subsistence and settlement patterns. She has worked as a consultant in Cultural Resource Management for 30 years. Her research concentrates on Intermountain archaeology, evolutionary ecology, paleoenvironments, and prehistoric subsistence.
Dr. Travis leads an archaeological field school each summer. Students excavate and survey in the nearby Big Belt Mountains. Continuing research concentrates on paleoenvironmental change and human adaptation.
Courses Taught: Cultural Anthropology, Introduction to Native American Studies, North American Archaeology, Physical Anthropology, and Archaeological Field School.