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Employee Directory: Adam Dunstan

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Adam Dunstan

Assistant Professor of Anthropology


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Biography

Adam Dunstan came to Kenai Peninsula College/UAA in 2020, after previously holding positions at the University of North Texas. A cultural and linguistic anthropologist, his primary foci include religion, environmental policy, indigenous rights, and sacred sites. Over the past decade, he has been working on the sacred site issues facing Dine' (Navajo Nation). More recently he has been conducting research with sacred sites in the Latter-day Saint tradition. Other research and consulting have included collaborations on environmental health in North Texas and hazardous waste site expansion near the Tuscarora Nation. Adam has a passion for teaching, informed by his own experiences as a first-generation college student and his conviction that appreciating human diversity is essential to living justly and working effectively in our complex world.

Expertise

Sacred sites; religion; indigenous knowledge; land perception; environmental policy; discourse analysis; applied anthropology.

Education

  • 2016 PhD, Anthropology University at Buffalo
  • 2013 M.A., Cultural Anthropology, University at Buffalo
  • 2011 B.S., Environmental Science, Sociocultural Anthropology, Brigham Young University

Achievements

  • 2018 'Fessor Graham Teaching Award, Nomination, University of North Texas

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