Joyce Kramer

Ph.D. ‘80


I am gratified by the education that I received in Sociology, since receiving the Ph.D. at UNC, I have had a rewarding career in academia.  At first I was on the faculty as an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health, Department of Health Education, at UNC.  Then I became Director of American Indian Projects in the School of Social Development at the University of Minnesota Duluth.  (My heritage on my mother’s side is Omaha and Pawnee; my mother grew up on the Omaha Reservation and attended Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding schools until she met my father while she was working for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.)

I finally retired in 2003 as a full professor.  During the interim, I published extensively in two principal areas: (1) American Indian well-being (including health, education, and economic conditions) and (2) sustainable development.  With regards to the latter, I have lectured within scholarly exchange programs at universities in China (five trips) and Pakistan.  I have also presented papers in Finland, Scotland, Russia, South Africa, Cameroon, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Australia, and Canada (where I had a year’s position as a visiting scholar).     I have made multiple trips back to East Africa (where I had taught prior to obtaining the Ph.D. and where I conducted my dissertation research).  Most significantly, I mentored University of Minnesota students doing practical internships in Kenya.

While I am personally feeling some of the infirmaries of old age, but my quality of life remains good.

Submitted August 2015