Diane Hirshberg

Professor of Education Policy



Research: education policy analysis; Alaska Native education

  • 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 a 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 school change. Some of her current projects are evaluations of federally funded education reform initiatives, as well as ongoing studies of teacher supply, demand and turnover, including a look at the cost of teacher turnover in Alaska.

Dr. Hirshberg sits on both the International Arctic Social Sciences Association Council and the steering committee for the NSF-Funded Arctic FROST Research Collaboration Network. She also is a member of the “visionary group” for the Advancing Native Dialogues on Racial Equity project with the First Alaskans Institute. She teaches in the UAA Honors College and the College of Education. She has a PhD in education from UCLA, a master of public administration from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley. 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, 67KB)

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