Medeia Csoba DeHass

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Associate Professor
225 Stewart Hall

Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks

M.A., History, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

M.A., Cultural Anthropology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

Research Interests

Indigenous data governance, digital representation of Indigenous peoples and cultures, the role of digital 3D models in preserving Arctic Indigenous heritage,   


Medeia Csoba DeHass is an Associate Professor at the Department of Geography at the University of Missouri and a Research Associate at the Center for Digital Heritage and Geospatial Information at the University of South Florida Libraries. She teaches courses on decolonizing research methodologies, digital heritage preservation, and collaborating with Indigenous communities. She earned M.A. degrees in history and cultural anthropology from the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Prior to joining the University of Missouri, Dr. Csoba DeHass was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the Native American Studies Program and the Institute of Arctic Studies at Dartmouth College, an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Alaska Native Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage, an Associate Professor at Des Moines Area Community College, and a Visiting Scientist at the Arctic Remote and Cold Territories Interdisciplinary Center (ARCTICenter) at the University of Northern Iowa.

Dr. Csoba DeHass has been working with Alaska Native communities on a variety of ethnohistorical and ethnographic projects for the past two decades. She is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award that explores Indigenous perceptions and use of digital 3D technologies in preserving ancestral Alaska Native heritage in the Bering Strait region. She is also lead PI on a collaborative NSF award that brings together a team of 14 researchers, Indigenous community members, and 3D heritage preservation professionals to investigate best practices and ethical use of 3D technologies for the preservation and management of Indigenous ancestral heritage.

Dr. Csoba DeHass’ 3D Lab at the Department of Geography provides students with opportunities to gain hands-on experience with 3D technologies for heritage preservation.

Courses Taught
Select Publications

2021   Denison, V., Willett, A., Taitt, A., and Csoba DeHass, M. Teaching Archival Research Methods Through Projects in Ethnohistory. Journal of Western Archives 12(2): 1-27.

2018   Csoba DeHass, M. and Hollinger, E. 3D Heritage Preservation and Indigenous Communities in the Circumpolar North. Arctic Year Book 2018.

2018   Gish Hill, C. and Csoba DeHass, M. Introduction to Digital Representation of Indigenous Peoples through Sharing, Collaboration, and Negotiation. Museum Anthropology Review 12(2): 40-54.

2018   Csoba DeHass, M. and Taitt, A. 3D Technology in Collaborative Heritage Preservation. Museum Anthropology Review 12(2): 120-152.

2012   What is in a Name? The Predicament of Ethnonyms in the Sugpiaq-Alutiiq Region of Alaska. Arctic Anthropology 49(1): 3-17.

2011   Csoba DeHass, M. and Droulias, A. Aleut Baseball: Cultural Creation and Innovation through a Sporting Event. Études/Inuit/Studies 34(2): 21-37.

2007   Daily Negotiation of Traditions in a Russian Orthodox Sugpiaq Village in Alaska. Ethnology 46(3): 205-216.