Holly Guise

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Assistant Professor

Email: hguise@unm.edu
Phone: 505-277-2451


Ph.D., History, Yale University, 2018
M.A., History, Yale University, 2013
B.A.H., Native American Studies, Stanford University, 2009

Research Interests:

Indigenous American History, Gender History, World War II Pacific History, Alaska History, Oral History, Segregation, Empire Studies, Race & Ethnicity, Human Rights


Holly Miowak Guise (Iñupiaq) is an Assistant Professor in History at the University of New Mexico. Her manuscript in progress, “World War II and the First Peoples of the Last Frontier: Alaska Native Voices and Wartime Alaska” focuses on gender, Unangan (Aleut) relocation and internment camps, Native activism/resistance, and Indigenous military service during the war. Her research methods bridge together archives, tribal archives, community-based research, and oral histories with Alaska Native elders and veterans. 

In 2008, she began interviewing Alaska Native elders about experiences with racial segregation that pre-dated and continued after the 1945 Alaska Equal Rights Act. In 2013, she pivoted to interviewing Alaska Native elders about their memories on WWII Alaska as servicemen, civilians, and children. Most recently, she has been working on a digital humanities project that features Youtube videos with oral history content by Native elders, veterans, and Unangan internment survivors. She is interested in the colonial/Indigenous relationship during war and social history.

Recent/Select Publications:

“Elizabeth Peratrovich, the Alaska Native Sisterhood, and Indigenous Women’s Activism, 1945-1948.” In Suffrage at 100, edited by Stacie Taranto and Leandra Zarnow. Johns Hopkins University Press, autumn 2020.

“Haycock to Anchorage: Connecting the Wartime Landscape with Stories from World War II Veteran Holger ‘Jorgy’ Jorgensen.” In Imagining Anchorage, edited by Jim Barnett and Ian Hartman. University of Alaska Press, 2018.

“Alaskan Segregation and the Paradox of Exclusion, Separation, and Integration.” In Alaska Native Studies in the 21stCentury, edited by Beth Ginondidoy Leonard et al., 274-304. Minneapolis: Two Harbors Press, 2014.


The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, at the University of California, Irvine (2019)

Native American 40 under 40, by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (2019)

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Studies Initiative Digital Knowledge Sharing Fellow, American Philosophical Society (2017)

Western History Association Walter Rundell Award (2016)

Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellow (2013)

A. Bartlett Giamatti Fellow, Yale Department of History (2011)



Indigenous American History

Native Women’s & Gender History

Pacific History

US Multicultural History

20th Century- Present US West

Oral History & Methods in Transnational Indigenous History

Captivity Narratives in History