Csoba DeHass

Medeia Csoba DeHass

Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology and Alaska Native Studies
BMH 203

(907) 786-7227
mkcsobadehass@alaska.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2009

Biography

Dr. Csoba DeHass is an assistant professor of anthropology and Alaska Native Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her research focuses on virtual repatriation, digital representation of Indigenous peoples, ethnohistory, and cross-cultural religious experiences. She has received M.A. degrees in history and cultural anthropology at the Eötvös Lorand University of Budapest and a Ph.D. from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She comes to UAA from Dartmouth College, where she was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the Native American Studies Program and the Institute of Arctic Studies. She has been engaged in a variety of collaborative project with the Alaska Native community of Nanwalek in the past decade and is engaged in cultural and heritage preservation work with lower Kenai Peninsula Sugpiaq communities. Csoba DeHass’s current project on Sugpiaq Ethnohistory focuses creating an outlet for the representation of local epistemological views on Sugpiaq cultural history as well as to promote the recognition and contemporary relevance of Sugpiaq cultural values. Dr. Csoba DeHass is interested in advising students who wish to investigate questions within the anthropology of religion, heritage preservation, digital humanities and social sciences, and collaborative work with Alaska Native communities and people.

Research Interests

  • Anthropology of religion
  • Collaborative ethnography
  • Virtual repatriation
  • Digital humanities
  • Ethnohistory
  • Circumpolar North
  • Lower Kenai Peninsula

Publications

2014   Sugpiaq Catalog. Lower Kenai Peninsula Sugpiaq Material Culture and Heritage Preservation Project. A Catalog of Artifacts and Materials From Collections at the Pratt Museum in Homer, Alaska. Pratt Museum.

2012    What is in a Name? The Predicament of Ethnonyms in the Sugpiaq-Alutiiq Region of Alaska. Arctic Anthropology 49(1): pp. 3-17. 

2011    Aleut Baseball: Cultural Creation and Innovation through a Sporting Event. Special issue on Creative Technologies. Co-authored with Andreas Droulias, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Études/Inuit/Studies 34(2): pp. 21-37. 

2007    Daily Negotiation of Traditions in a Russian Orthodox Sugpiaq Village in Alaska. Ethnology 46(3): pp. 205-216. 

Research Website

Sugpiaq Ethnohistory – Nanwalek History. http://nanwalekhistory.com/Interactive research website featuring documents, photos of museum collections, oral history interviews and video, as well as interpretative texts and discussion boards for collaborative work.  

Book Review

2012    Book review for Polar Geography. Sonja Luehrmann: Alutiiq villages under Russian and U.S. rule. Polar Geography 35(1): pp. 88-90.

Dissertation

2009    Sugpiaq Russian Orthodoxy – Conceptual Analogy in Religious Syncretism in Nanwalek, Alaska. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Fairbanks.