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Nelta Edwards

Associate Professor
Office: SSB
Phone: 907-786-4654


Nelta Edwards became a sociologist because she is interested in social justice. She does research on environmental justice, sprawl, housing and teaching and learning sociology and the social sciences. Read an essay on her work with incorporating difficult dialogues into her teaching here.


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Arizona State University
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Texas- Arlington
  • B.A., Economics, Portland State University

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Introduction to sociology      
  • Social stratification              
  • Environmental sociology       
  • Sociology of the north          
  • Application of statistics to the social sciences      

Research Interests

Dr. Edwards published her research in The Environmental Justice (June 2011, "Nuclear Colonialism and the Social Construction of Landscape in Alaska"), Humanity and Society (February 2006, "Public Meetings on Contamination: Framing Harmlessness), Contexts (Spring 2008,"An Ounce of Precaution"), College Teaching (2007, "Student Self-Grading in Social Statistics"), and Teaching Sociology (October 2010, "Using Nail Polish to Teach about Gender and Homophobia"; July 2013, "This Land Is Our Land: The Fight to Reclaim the Commons").

Dr. Edwards & Dr. Lowe (ISER/Anthropology) were awarded a contract with the Association of Alaska Housing Authorities in the summer of 2014 to develop a literature review and potential methodologies to study the social consequences of inadequate housing in Alaska.