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Hiroko Ikuta Last modified date:2018.07.24

Associate Professor / The International Student Center

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Academic Degree
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Field of Specialization
Anthropology、Arctic Studies
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Outline Activities
I am a social/cultural anthropologist specializing peoples in the Arctic. I lived in Alaska, USA for 18 years in total. My Ph.D. research explored the nature and structure of Inuit/Eskimo people's aethetic forms of expression, language endangerment, relations to the environment, their traditionality, and the meanings of tradition wrought by political, exonomic, and historical events in the Arctic. After completing a postodoctral fellowship at the Institute of Arctic Studies, Dartmouth College in the U.S., I went back to Alaska and became a senior social scientist at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Subsistence, a state government research agency in the U.S. As a social scientist, I was a principle investigator for numerous research projects about subsistence hunting and fishing, regional sustainability, wildlife management, and indigenous cultures and tradition. I was also responsible for negotiating regulatory issues with the federal and tribal govenments as a representative of the state government. My current research interest is regional sustainability and sustainable development in the Arctic.
Research Interests
  • Regional sustainability and sustainbale development in the Arctic
    keyword : Arctic, Alaska, Eskimo/Inuit, subsistence hunting/fishing, culture & tradition, natural resrouce development
  • Subsistence fishing and hunting among Native peoples in Alaska, USA
    keyword : Arctic, Alaska, Eskimo/Inuit, Subsistence hunting &fishing, natural resource management, regional sustainability
  • Expressive culture and endangered languages in Alaska: Case studies of Inupiat and St. Lawrence Island Yupik
    keyword : Arctic, Alaska, Eskimo/Inuit, endangered Native languages, Eskimo dance, cultural politics
Current and Past Project
  • Research on subsistence fishing and hunting in Alaska, USA.
Academic Activities
Membership in Academic Society
  • American Anthropological Association
  • Alaska Anthropological Association
  • International Arctic Social Sciences Association
  • Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology
Other Educational Activities
  • 2016.04.