RESEARCH INTERESTS Dr. Fast is presently a Professor of Anthropology and
Liberal Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her research
interests are related to Alaska Native peoples, literary, visual and
performative arts, as well as areas of transnational political and
social economy as it relates to indigenous peoples, particularly in the
area of gender relations. Among her favorite courses are (Natives of
Alaska Anth A200), Anthropology of Art (Anth A360), and Native North
Americans (Anth A335). She is the author of Northern Athabascan Survival: Women, Community and the Future.
In 2009 Fast was part of a research team investigating Native
perspectives on Alaska’s statehood for Sealaska Heritage Institute.
Fast, a Koyukon Athabascan, conducted research among Athabascan elders
for the project. She received a BA in English from the University of
Alaska Fairbanks, an interdisciplinary M.A. in Anthropology and English
on Alaska Native Literary Forms from the University of Alaska Anchorage,
and a PhD in Social Anthropology from Harvard University. After
receiving her first degree at UAF, Fast studied both western and Alaska
Native art, and developed a career as a gallery artist in Anchorage.