Member Directory


  • Erin Hicks
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    Erin Hicks

    Assistant Professor, Physics & Astronomy
    (907) 786-7764

    Erin Hicks is an Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Director of the UAA Planetarium and Visualization Theater.  She has been on FSDC since 2014 and currently serves as co-chair.  Erin has advocated for underrepresented groups in science, particularly physics and astronomy, for many years and has enjoyed broadening this effort to promoting diversity and inclusivity across the UAA campus as a member of FSDC.

  • Thomas Chung
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    Thomas Chung

    Assistant Professor, Fine Arts
    (907) 786-1738

    Tom Chung was born in New Jersey and got his MFA from Yale University in 2013. He has been teaching at UAA for five years and is the Painting Program Coordinator with the Fine Arts Department. His artwork and research deals with issues of racism, bigotry and cultural exchange. Chung feels passionately about working towards a society with equity for all people.

Committee Members

  • Carrie Aldrich
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    Carrie Aldrich

    Assistant Professor, Writing
    (907) 786-6480

    Carrie Aldrich is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing at the University of Alaska Anchorage. A graduate of the Language, Literacy, and Culture program at the University of Iowa, she is interested in culturally and linguistically diverse students’ access to and participation in academic discourse communities. 

  • Jenn Booz
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    Jenn Booz

    Chief Diversity Officer
    (907) 786-1344


  • Sigrid Brudie
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    Sigrid Brudie

    Assistant Professor, Library
    (907) 786-1610

    Sigrid is the medical reference librarian at the Alaska Medical Library (AML), a unit of UAA/APU Consortium Library. She received her undergraduate degree in English from Colorado College and her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Washington. Sigrid joined the AML staff in April 2009 to work on the Arctic Health website. She became AML’s reference librarian in 2013 and attained the position of assistant professor in 2014. She is the liaison librarian to UAA’s allied health and public health departments, providing library instruction and research assistance to those students and faculty. AML is Alaska’s medical library, so Sigrid answers medical reference questions from healthcare providers throughout the state. Under an outreach award from National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region, she travels to communities across Alaska to orient healthcare practitioners to library resources and services. Sigrid is a lifelong Alaskan with lots of family in Anchorage. Her favorite activity is autumn berry picking with family and friends.

  • Matthew Calhoun

    Matthew Calhoun

    Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering
    (907) 786-5475


  • Yvonne Chase

    Yvonne Chase

    Assistant Professor, Human Services
    (907) 786-6438


  • Tzu-Chiao Chen

    Tzu-Chiao Chen



  • Amber Christensen Fullmer
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    Amber Christensen Fullmer

    Director of Native Student Services
    (907) 786-4005

    Amber Christensen Fullmer is an Inupiaq Native Alaskan Assistant Professor in the Human Services Department at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, she is committed to working with indigenous populations in relation to the justice/social support systems. She has more than 15 years' experience as a Probation Officer/therapeutic caseworker/multidisciplinary team leader in vulnerable and at-risk populations, including high-risk juvenile deliquency populations and community-based treatment and management of felony-level domestic violence and sexual offense perpetrators. She possesses a BA in Sociology/Psychology from UAA and an MA in Community/Clinical Psychology from UAF. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Indigenous Studies/Justice through the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Professor Fullmer is working with various researchers to explore more culturally competent techniques within communities to bolster education, diversion, intervention, and rehabilitation of perpetrators of IPV including potlatches and peace-making circles, traditional tattooing, and artist expression.


  • Herminia Din
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    Herminia Din

    Professor, Arts
    (907) 786-1785

    Herminia Din is full professor of art education at University of Alaska Anchorage. She specializes in museum technology and community-based art education. Since 2008, she has been advancing the Junk to Funk project—a community-based art series that focuses on using recycled materials to create beautiful yet finished functional artworks in an open studio art environment. She received the 2013 UAA Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Sustainability for her efforts to raise awareness of the “reduce” and “reuse” methods of dealing with waste products. In 2014, she began the Winter Design Project, a collaborative learning experience connecting faculty and students to take an in-depth look at “ice” and “snow” from a new perspective. Currently, her work focuses on Plastic Pollution in the Arctic by using community art as an action for change. Grounded in educational theory and practice, she engages students in hands-on learning on a theme of global significance.

  • Gabriel Garcia
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    Gabriel Garcia

    Associate Professor, Health Sciences
    (907) 786-6532

    Dr. Garcia is a Philippine-born, Alaska-grown, Associate Professor of Public Health at University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). He is also the Coordinator of UAA’s Master of Public Health Program. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry and a minor in English at University of California Davis and M.A. in Medical Sciences and M.P.H. in Social and Behavioral Sciences at Boston University. In 2008, Dr. Garcia received his Ph.D. in Public Health with a minor in Anthropology at the University of California Los Angeles. He was a Fulbright-Hays scholar at UCLA, studying Filipino Language and Culture at De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines. Dr. Garcia’s research interests include tobacco and alcohol, cancer prevention and control, and health disparities among Asians and Pacific Islanders. Dr. Garcia was the recipient of the Alaska Public Health Association’s “Short Term Service Award” in 2002 and “The Barbara Berger Excellence in Public Health Award” in 2012. At UAA, Dr. Garcia has been awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Community Service, Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Diversity, and the Center for Community Engagement Learning’s Community Builder Award. Dr. Garcia, along with a group of UAA faculty and students, were awarded the UAA’s Stewardship Award in 2014 and American Lung Association in Alaska’s Breathe Easy Champion Award in 2015 for the group’s successful effort in making the University of Alaska system smoke and tobacco-free. In 2015, Anchorage Mayor appointed Dr. Garcia as one of the health commissioners of the municipality’s Department of Health and Human Services. From 2016-2017, Dr. Garcia served as the President and CEO of the Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and an affiliate of the American Public Health Association. Since 2009, Dr. Garcia has been a member of UAA’s Faculty Senate Diversity Committee and a co-chair from 2011 to 2017.

  • Songho Ha
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    Songho Ha

    Professor, History
    (907) 786-1650

    Songho Ha has taught at the University of Alaska in Anchorage since August 2005. He received a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo in 2003. Subsequently, he taught at the University of New Brunswick Saint John, Canada, and the University of Northern Colorado before joining UAA. Dr. Ha's teaching and research focus is American history in the first half of the 19th century. He published The Rise and Fall of the American System: Nationalism and the Development of the American Economy, 1790-1837 in 2009 through Pickering & Chatto Publishers of London. A Korean translation of the book was published in 2014 by Hakgobang Press in Seoul. Dr. Ha also published a number of articles and book chapters both in English and Korean. He received a Fulbright Fellowship and many other grants and fellowships.

  • Ryan Harrod
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    Ryan Harrod

    Associate Professor, Anthropology
    (907) 786-4989

     I am an associate professor of biological anthropology at the University of Alaska Anchorage. My research is biocultural in nature focused on bioarchaeology, paleopathology, forensic anthropology, and 3D reconstructions of human skeletal remains. I have studied human skeletal remains from pre-contact Native American communities in the U.S. Southwest, Great Basin, Plateau, and Alaska. Beginning with my first professional job as adjunct instructor in Las Vegas and North Las Vegas to my current position in Anchorage, I have been lucky to interact with students from an array of different backgrounds.

  • Wei-Ying Hsiao
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    Wei-Ying Hsiao

    Professor, Education
    (907) 786-4435

  • Seta Kabranian-Melkonian

    Seta Kabranian-Melkonian

    Professor, Human Services
    (907) 786-6449


  • Emily Madsen
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    Emily Madsen

    Assistant Professor, English
    (907) 786-4371

    Emily is a member of the English Department. Her research interests include religion and material culture in the nineteenth century, and Victorians and the Arctic.

  • Amana Mbise

    Amana Mbise

    Multicultural Postdoctoral Fellow, Social Work
    (907) 796-9610


  • Jennifer McCurdy
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    Jennifer McCurdy

    Multicultural Pre-Professoriate Fellow, Philosophy

    Jennifer McCurdy is currently a Multicultural Pre-Professoriate Fellow in the Philosophy Department at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  Her background is in critical care nursing and bioethics, with recent scholarship in applying anti-colonial constructs to the mainstream field of bioethics in order to challenge pervasive racial and ethnic epistemological marginalization.  She teaches in the areas of bioethics, race/anti-colonialism, and critical religious studies. 


  • Vanessa Meade

    Vanessa Meade

    Term Assistant Professor, Social Work
    (907) 786-6903


  • Jenny Miller
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    Jenny Miller

    Associate Professor, Health Services
    (907) 786-6588

    Jenny Miller is a faculty member in the MPH Program and recently completed a rotation as Department Chair for Health Sciences. In addition, she serves in the role of Training Director for the Alaska LEND Program at the Center for Human Development.
  • Anita Moore-Nall
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    Anita Moore-Nall

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Health Sciences 

    Dr. Anita Moore-Nall earned her doctorate in Earth Sciences, geology option from Montana State University Bozeman in 2017, where she was a Sloan scholar. Her dissertation was a physical and chemical characterization of brecciation and uranium-vanadium mineralization in the Madison Limestone and adjacent units in the Big Pryor Mountain Mining district, Montana and Little Mountain Mining district, Wyoming. She has published in medical geology, and is particularly committed to increasing awareness of the impacts of energy development on the health of American Indian and Alaska Native communities across the United States. She holds BS degrees in both earth sciences, geology and in film from MSU Bozeman, and worked professionally as a geologist for many years before returning to MSU for her doctorate. She is an enrolled member of the Apsáalooke (Crow) Nation. She is currently a multicultural postdoctoral fellow in the College of Health, Division of Health Sciences and Applied Health Research here at UAA.

  • Kimberly Pace
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    Kimberly Pace

    Term Assistant Professor, Political Studies & Women's Studies
    (907) 786-4837

    Kimberly Pace grew up in Soldotna, Alaska. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Montana and graduate work at Miami University in Ohio, and she has been teaching at UAA since 1998. Her primary interests include Comparative Politics, International Relations and American Government. She is the Faculty Director of Model United Nations of Alaska and the Director of Women's Studies here at UAA, and teaches classes both face-to-face and online. She is inspired by the issues of Climate Change & Sustainability.

  • Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart

    Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart

    Alasa Native Studies
    (907) 262-0213

  • Michelle Yatchmeneff

    Michelle Yatchmeneff

    Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering
    (907) 786-1853


  •  Annie Ping Zeng

    Annie Ping Zeng

    Assistant Professor, Chinese