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Hiroko Ikuta Last modified date:2022.06.23

Associate Professor / The International Student Center

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Academic Degree
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Yes Bachelor Master Doctor
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 governments as a representative of the state government. My current research interest is regional sustainability and sustainable development in the Arctic.
Research Interests
  • Subsistence fishing and hunting among Native peoples in Alaska, USA
    keyword : Arctic, Alaska, St. Lawrence Island Yupik, Central Yup'ik, Inupiat, Subsistence hunting /fishing, wildlife management, natural resource management, sustainable development
  • Indigenous Dance in Alaska
    keyword : Arctic, Alaska, Eskimo/Inuit, subsistence hunting/fishing, expressive culture, tradition, endangered language
Current and Past Project
  • Research on subsistence fishing and hunting in Alaska, USA.
Academic Activities
1. Hiroko Ikuta, The Sociality of Indigenous Dance in Alaska: Happiness, Tradition, and Environment among Yupik on St. Lawrence Island and Iñupiat in Utqiaġvik, Routledge, 2022.04, [URL].
1. Kenji Yoshikawa, Alexey A. Maslakov, Gleb Kraev, Hiroko Ikuta, Vladimir E. Romanovsky, J. Craig George, Anna E. Klene and Kelsey E. Nyland, Food Storage in Permafrost and Seasonally Frozen Ground in Chukotka and Alaska Communities, Arctic, 75, 2, 225-241, 2022.06.
2. Hiroko Ikuta, Political Strategies for the Historical Victory in Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling in the Alaskan Arctic: The International Whaling Commission Meeting in Brazil, 2018., Kishigami, N. ed. World Whaling: Historical and Contemporary Studies. Senri Ethnological Studies., 104, 209-223, 2021.03.
3. Hiroko Ikuta, Embodied Knowledge, Relations with the Environment, and Political Negotiation: St. Lawrence Island Yupik and Iñupiaq Dance in Alaska, Arctic Anthropology, 10.1353/arc.2011.0109, 48, 1, 54-65, 2011.01.
4. Hiroko Ikuta, Eskimo Language and Eskimo Song in Alaska: A Sociolinguistics of Deglobalisation in Endangered Language, Pragmatics, 10.1075/prag.20.2.03iku, 20, 2, 171-189, 2010.01.
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.