Alumni Janet Ahler

As a UNL undergraduate in Anthropology, my first advisor was John Champe until he retired when Preston Holder became my advisor.

For several summers I participated in archaeological field work in Kansas (as Goldenstein and later as Krause) and supervised an all-female crew one summer near Cawker City.

In 1968, I participated in a field project led by Edwin Hall at Yale on the North Slope of the Brooks Range in Alaska.. There I discovered while living with a Yu'pik family that I was more interested in the living people, especially how they transmitted and learned their culture.

That took me to the University of Missouri for an interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree in education and anthropology. Since then I have worked with numerous (mainly native Plains people) many tribes in the U.S.

I am now a professor emerita from the University of North Dakota where I did educational anthropological research and taught for more than 33 years. I taught courses in Native American Education, Multicultural Education, Educational Anthropology, Bilingual Education, and Qualitative Research Methods (for which there is now a "Gershman/Ahler Distinguished Lecture Series" at UND).

I have long been a Fellow of Sigma Xi and the Society for Applied Anthropology in addition to membership in the American Anthropological Association where I had served on the board for the Council on Anthropology and Education.

I attended my first Plains Anthropology Society Conference in 1962, and as a member, also served on their board of directors. I have conducted bilingual research in Guatemala and have traveled with my native students to the Amazon in Venezuela and the Pantanal in Brazil. I have given presentations at Oxford and have traveled through much of Europe.

I am now retired and have the honor of having been elected to UNL's Emeriti Association.

Janet Goldenstein Ahler (fka Krause 1965-1973)
B.A. 1966 UNL, Ph.D. 1974 University of Missouri-Columbia
Anthropology, Anthropology and Education (Interdisciplinary Ph.D.)