Holly Guise

Photo: Holly  Guise

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


Holly Miowak Guise (Iñupiaq) is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of New Mexico. Her forthcoming monograph, “World War II in Alaska: Native Voices and History” focuses on gender, Unangax̂ (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. She is interested in the colonial/Indigenous relationship during war and social history. 

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. She launched a digital humanities website (ww2alaska.com) that features her YouTube channel (World War II Alaska) with oral history content from Native elders, veterans, and Unangax̂ internment survivors. Since 2022, she has served as an editorial board member for the Alaska History Journal. She has also served as the primary scholar in partnership with the Alaska Humanities Forum for the Indigenous Resistance film series which received $50,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2021).  

Recent/Select Publications:

Who is Doctor Bauer?: Rematriating a Censored Story on Internment, Wardship, and Sexual Violence in Wartime Alaska, 1941-1944.” In Western Historical Quarterly, vol 53, Issue 2, Summer 2022, Pages, 145-165. 


“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, 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. 


Book review in the New Mexico Historical Review for “Indigenous Women and Violence: Feminist Activist Research in Heightened States of Injustice. Edited by Lynn Stephen and Shannon Speed.” 2022. 


American Council of Learned Societies Fellow (2022) 

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow (2022) 

UNM WeR1 Faculty Success Summer Funding (2021) 

UNM Feminist Research Institute Faculty Research Grant (2021) 

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

Oral History: Methods, Ethics & Traditions

Histories of Captivity & Incarceration