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Diane Hirshberg

Professor of Education Policy
Work Phone: 907-786-5413


Research: education policy analysis, Indigenous education, circumpolar education issues, and the role of education in sustainable development

  • PhD in Education, UCLA, 2001.
  • Master of Public Administration, Columbia University, 1990
  • B.A., UC Berkeley, Peace & Conflict Studies & Slavic Languages and Literature, 1987

Diane Hirshberg is Professor of Education Policy at the Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). She also serves as Advisor to the UAA Chancellor on Arctic Research and Education. Her research interests include education policy analysis, indigenous education, circumpolar education issues, and the role of education in sustainable development. She has studied the boarding school experiences of Alaska Native students, teacher supply, demand and turnover, including the cost of teacher turnover in Alaska, and co-authored the Education chapter for the Arctic Human Development Report II. She has served or is currently evaluator for a number of federally funded education reform initiatives in Alaska and beyond, and currently is the North America lead for the Arctic Youth-Sustainable Futures project, funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Dr. Hirshberg sits on both the International Arctic Social Sciences Association Council and the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) Board. She’s also a member of the steering committee for the NSF-Funded Arctic FROST RCN. She was part of the UArctic Research Analytics Task Force, helping author several publications on the landscape of Arctic research funding and publications. Dr. Hirshberg teaches in the UAA Honors College, the College of Education and in the Master of Public Administration Program in the College of Business and Public Policy. When not working, Diane loves to hike and snowshoe, and cheer for her Cal Bears and Boston Red Sox.


Selected Publications:

  • Tetpon, B., Hirshberg, D., Leary, A. & Hill, A. (2015). Alaska Native-focused Teacher Preparation Programs: What have we learned? Alaska Native Studies Journal (2).88-100.
  • Hirshberg, D. & Petrov, A. N. (2015). Education and Human Capital. In Larson, J and Fondahl, G. (eds.) Arctic Human Development Report: Regional Processes and Global Linkages. Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers.
  • Hirshberg, D. and Hill, A. (May, 2014). Indigenous Self-Determination in Education in Alaska: How Can Communities Get There? Alaska Native Studies Journal (1) 96-122.
  • Burke, T., Smith, T.P. & Hirshberg, D. (2012). Theory Matters: Articulating a Theoretical Framework for a Civic Engagement Program. In Butin, D. W. and Seider, S. (eds.) The Engaged Campus: Certificates, Minors and Majors as the New Community Engagement. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Selected ISER Reports and Working Papers:

  • Hirshberg, D., DeFeo, D., Berman, M, and Hill, A. (2015, In Review) Salary & Benefits Schedule and Teacher Tenure Study Final Report. Anchorage, AK: Center for Alaska Education Policy Research.
  • Hill, A., Hirshberg, D., Lo, D., Morotti, A., & Ryan, H. (2015). Alaska’s University for Alaska’s Schools 2015. Fairbanks, AK: University of Alaska Office of Academic Affairs and Research.
  • Leary, A., Tetpon, B., Hirshberg, D. & Hill A. (2014). Alaska Native-focused teacher preparation programs. Anchorage, AK: UAA Center for Alaska Education Policy Research.

Selected Presentations:

  • “Rural and Indigenous Teacher Preparation Programs in Alaska.” Alaska Native Studies Conference, Juneau, AK, May 2014.
  • “Measurement of ‘Meaningful Exposure’ for Determining Educational Equity.” American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, April 2014.
  • “Will They Stay or Will They Go? Teacher Perceptions of Working Conditions in Rural Alaska.” American Educational Research Association annual meeting, Philadelphia, PA, April 2014.

Curriculum Vitae: Diane Hirshberg’s Vita (PDF, 66KB)