Dr. Amana Mbise

Dr. Amana Mbise

Pronouns: he/him/his
Office: Department of Residence Life
Phone: (907) 313-0482
Email:  ambise@alaska.edu


Dr. Mbise is an Assistant Professor of Social Work in the School of Social Work, UAA. He has over ten years’ experience in social work, global health and community development in three countries: Tanzania, Denmark, and the U.S. His research interests are around immigration, human trafficking and rights-based approaches to social work. This research has so far focused on integration and inclusion of immigrants and refugees in Alaska, human trafficking and labor exploitation, and the rights of children.

In July 2021, he took on the additional role of Faculty-in-Residence, living with his family in one of the MAC apartments and serving alongside Residence Life staff to promote student success in the residential community.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Social work practice with individuals
  • Introduction to social welfare
  • Social work practice with organizations and communities
  • Transformational leadership in social work practice (MSW capstone preparation)
  • Refugee and immigrant health


  • Ph.D. Social Work, University of Illinois (Chicago), 2017
  • MSW (community health and urban development), University of Illinois (Chicago), 2012
  • B.A. Sociology (Hons), University of Dar es salaam, 2005

Why a Faculty-in-Residence Position?

"Working as faculty-in-residence serves as a perfect opportunity to do what I love: connect with students. I believe the best learning occurs when we are able to bridge the distance between faculty and students and what happens in the students’ daily lives. I hope, in this role, I can help to make this linkage a reality for our students on campus."
                                                                                        --Dr. Amana Mbise