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Kerry Feldman

Kerry Feldman

Professor Emeritus
Department of Anthropology
BMH 216

(907) 786-6849


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Colorado, 1973


His specialties include, urban anthropology, theory, applied anthropology, Alaska and Southeast Asia.

Dr. Feldman received his Ph.D. 1973 from the University of Colorado, Boulder, based on a study of urban squatter settlements in Davao City, Philippines, funded by a dissertation award from the National Science Foundation. He has taught at the University of Alaska Anchorage from 1973 to the present.

His prior research and applied work has been conducted on: the sociocultural impact of proposed oil leasing in SE Alaska (1975); local human rights projects for the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights (1976); needs assessment of Alaska Native elderly persons residing in Anchorage (1977-78); Alaska children living away from home, with an emphasis on enumerating Alaska Native youth (1989-90); subsistence beluga whale hunting by Inupiaq Eskimo in Eschscholtz Bay, Northwest Alaska (1981-82); cultural awareness training for the Jesse Lee Home counseling staff of Alaska Children's Services, Anchorage (1980s); culturally appropriate rehabilitation for Alaska Natives, Providence Hospital, Rehabilitation Center, Anchorage (1991-93); elementary school ethnography for the National Head Start/Public School Early Childhood Transition Project, Anchorage School District (1991-93, 1995-96); expert witness for Naknek Village regarding water rights on land obtained through the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (1978-79); Inupiaq Life Form classification (1995); ethnography for the Needle Exchange Program, funded by NIDA, Anchorage (1997); an IRA tribal status of King Salmon area Alaska Natives (1998 – 2000); an IRA tribal recognition petition by Alaska Natives residing in Seward, Alaska (2007-07); and, the history of applied cultural anthropology in Alaska.

His geographical areas of interest include Alaska and Southeast Asia.  He teaches courses in the Anthropology of Religion, History of Ethnological Theory, Psychological Anthropology, Peoples and Cultures of Southeast Asia, Applied Anthropology and Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology. 

The links below involve some of Dr. Feldman's work in Alaska Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Anthropological theory
  • Engaged and applied anthropology
  • Alaska
  • Southeast Asia.


Feldman, Kerry D. 2009. “Applied Cultural Anthropology in Alaska: New Directions,” Alaska Journal of Anthropology 7(1): 1-19 (2009) (and volume guest-editor).

Feldman, Kerry D,. and Lisa Henry2009. “Transformation of Graduate Education in Applied Anthropology in the U.S.: Learning and Teaching Policy Studies,” Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences 2 (2):1-7 (and volume guest-editor).

Feldman, Kerry D., Steve J. Langdon, and David C. Natcher. 2005. “Northern Engagement: Alaskan Society and Applied Anthropology, 1973-2003,” Alaska Journal of Anthropology 3 (1): 121-155 (2005).  

Feldman, Kerry D. 2001. “Ethnohistory and the IRA Tribal Status Application of King Salmon Natives, Alaska,” Alaska Journal of Anthropology 1 (1):100 –117.