David Maas

Professor Emeritus
Political Sciences


  • 1974-77: University of Colorado, Ph.D. in Political Science
  • 1972-74: University of Alaska Anchorage, History
  • 1969-71: California State University in San Fransisco, M.A. in Political Science
  • 1965-67: State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A. in Political Science
  • 1959-63: University of Indiana Bloomington, Indiana, Economics and Marketing

Professional & Department Service


Director of Field Research for the Census and Economic Profile of the North Slope Borough (2003/04).

Senior Researcher for study of AImpacts of Outer Continental Shelf Activities on Bowhead Whaling in the Beaufort Sea. (Two year project funded by the Minerals Management Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior).

1998-2003 Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Alaska.

Principal Investigator for Alaska Native Family Treatment Center Feasibility Study (U.S. Department of Justice and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

1998-2002 Senior Researcher for Sociocultural Impact Study of Alpine Oil Field for Village of Nuiqsut

Professor of Political Science (Retired 7-98)
University of Alaska Anchorage

1997-1998 Consultant, North Slope Borough Planning Department
1997 Interim Director, Alaska Native Studies
1994-1995 Consultant, Division of Community and Rural Development, Department of Community and Regional Affairs

Consultant for the Governors Commission on Rural Alaska Village Economies and Needs and Division of Community and Rural Development

Facilitator for Fairview and Muldoon neighborhood workshops organized by Anchorage Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc.


Field Work and Research for Development of a Center for Indigenous People


Field Research in Arctic Village, Alaska

1990 Research Fellow, Australian National University, North Australia Research Unit
1988-90 Chair of the Department of Political Science

Research Interests

Democracy and political development among indigenous people of the world. Area emphasis:
  • The United States
  • West Africa
  • Latin America
  • Australia


"The Alaska Native and History: The Rise of Nationalism and the Decline of Democracy," in P. Jull and S. Roberts, The Challenge of Northern Regions. (Darwin: Australian National University, 1991)

"The Politics of Self-Determination: Subsistence and Alaska Natives," in Subsistence, Self-Determination, and Alaska Natives. (Fairbanks: Cooperative Extension Service, 1991)

"Primitive Accumulation, Reservations, and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act," (co-author) in State and Reservation: Perspectives on the Federal-Indian Relationship. George P. Castile and Robert Bee (eds), (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1992)

"Alaska Natives" in D. Champagne (ed), Native North American Almanac (Detroit, Michigan: Gale Publishing, 1994).

"Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act" in M. Davis (ed), Encyclopedia of Native Americans in the Twentieth Century (New York: Garland Publishing Company, 1994)

Competing Visions: Self-Determination, Subsistence, and the Struggle Over Resources in the Arctic," in S. Araji (ed), Society: An Alaskan Perspective, (Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall-Hunt, 1994).

Alaska Natives, in D. Champagne (ed). Native North American Almanac. Second Edition. (In review with Gale Publishing Company)

The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act and AThe Alaska Native Commission, in Nuttall, Mark (ed) Encyclopedia of the Arctic (In review with Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers).

“Review of D.C. Mitchell’s Take My Land, Take My Life,” for American Indian Culture and Research Journal. (University of California Los Angeles, January 2003).

"Proposal for a Center for Indigenous People" (December, 1992)

"Alaska Natives" video script for Alaska NGO Delegation's presentation to 1992 Earth Summit NGO Forum, Rio de Janeiro (June 6, 1992)

The RAVEN Commission: Context and Performance. (Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs, 1994).

Trends in Rural Alaska: Progress or Decay? (Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs, 1995).

Co-author of AA Sociocultural Assessment of the Impact of Development of the Alpine Project on the Village of Nuiqsut. (1997)

Analysis of School Enrollments: North Slope Borough. Circumpolar Research Associates, 1998.

North Slope Borough: 1997/98 Economic Profile and Census Report. (Barrow, Alaska: North Slope Borough, 1999)

Colville River Satellite: Draft Environmental Evaluation Document (February, 2001)

Who Cares? Alcohol, Drugs, and Mental Illness in Alaska Native Villages. (Washington, D.C. U.S. Department of Justice, 2001)