Michael Livingston, PhD

Michael Livingston
Cultural Heritage Specialist, Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association Affiliate Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D., Education, Idaho State University, 2015


Dr. Michael Livingston is a cultural heritage specialist at the Cultural Heritage Department at Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association. He is principal investigator with Project Unangam Ulaa, a research project with Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, the National Science Foundation’s Navigating the New Arctic program, and EPSCoR to find if the design of ancient sod houses can be integrated into modern materials to construct an energy-efficient dwelling in the Arctic. He was raised in Cold Bay on the Alaska Peninsula where his family homesteaded at the mouth of Trout Creek on site XCB-137 (BP 2895+/-40). He learned Attu basket weaving and Unangax̂ cultural values from Anfesia Shapsnikoff and model baidarka (sea kayak) construction from Sergie Sovoroff. His doctoral degree dissertation research focused on online instruction of model sea kayak construction to enhance student self-esteem. Livingston has a Doctorate in education from Idaho State University and he is Affiliate Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alaska Anchorage. 

Research Interests

  • Experimental Archaeology
  • Oral History
  • Aleutian & Pribilof Island History