Ellen A Ahlness

Ellen A Ahlness
VA Puget Sound Health Care System

PhD

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Introduction
Broadly , my work leverages qualitative methods with an emphasis on interviews, ethnography, and archival analysis. My recent work applies a critical race, ethnicity, and indigeneity lens in organizational politics and health spheres. I currently serve as a Research Health Science Specialist at the VA Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care.
Additional affiliations
January 2022 - present
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Position
  • Research Health Science Specialist
Description
  • Project Management and Qualitative Methodology Support in Center for Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care.
August 2020 - June 2021
Technology Alliance
Position
  • William H. Gates Sr. Fellow in Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Description
  • Balanced interests of multiple private and public education players in writing high-stakes remote education recommendations under stringent time constraints. Edited 2020 report for consistency and coherence. Spearheaded data metrics selection, analysis, and visualization for Washington Innovation Economy 2021 benchmark report. As primary report writer working closely with Technology Alliance CEO and WA state legislators, crafting an actionable narrative on Washington’s state of Higher Educa
September 2018 - June 2021
U.S. Department of Education
Position
  • FLAS Fellow
Description
  • Published peer reviewed articles and book chapters, demonstrating proven ability to manage multiple projects and varying deadlines. Skilled at writing for expert and public audiences. Led mixed method data collection, analysis, and visualization in global teams for three trans-national projects. Skilled in determining best data collection methods and identifying logistical needs.
Education
May 2017 - June 2021
University of Washington Seattle
Field of study
  • Political Science
September 2015 - May 2017
University of Washington Seattle
Field of study
  • Political Science
August 2013 - June 2015
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Field of study
  • Scandinavian Studies, International Relations

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Publications (43)
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Review of the cohesiveness and methodological considerations of edited collection. The eight contributors are brought together from across area studies, religious studies, political science, peace and conflict studies, humanities, and environmental studies. All of these fields are, by their nature, likely to prompt researcher discomfort and challen...
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Performing Environmentalisms is interdisciplinary in scope with an emphasis on cultural expression and environmental action. Its twelve authors collectively identify themselves as ethnographers and center their contributions on the strategic use of traditional artistic expression—storytelling and songs, crafted objects, and ceremonies and rituals—p...
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Drawing the Sea Near serves two primary functions. The first is to challenge the notion of distance as positive in environmental protection. It does so successfully, providing empirical and theoretical evidence as to how interpersonal interactions with the environment and community and local levels help foster relationships with nature, subsequentl...
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Adverse Events is the product of over a decade of research, incorporating challenging ethnographic field work with theoretical considerations. At its core, it is a book about social inequality in a disconcerting place. The book is divided into nine chapters, an introduction, and a conclusion. Tables and figures are distributed through the book, tho...
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Few of us are comfortable with the idea of dwelling in discomfort; to do so seems antithetical to the notion of positivity. Yet Exposing Vulnerability: Self-Mediation in Scandinavian Films by Women focuses on the production – and value – of grand cathartic emotions (both positive and negative) that emerge from films that focus on the vulnerable, an...
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Qualitative research methods that put researchers in direct interaction with participants, such as interviews, are intended to promote a more comprehensive understanding of human experiences. Qualitative research emphasizes the ‘subjective;' it is a systematic, subjective, and interaction-focused approach used to analyze life experiences and descri...
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Anti-racism and bias trainings are an important part of any health service and care provider's professionalization; however, there are few standards that oversee the integration of diversity, equity, and inclusion-based resources into formal education programs, continued training programs, and professionalization opportunities. Even as institutions...
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A book touching on topics of artificial intelligence, computer science, and evolution may initially sound like it is meant for niche or expert audiences; however, Coevolution defies such constraints through careful attention to defining concepts and clear progression through complex themes. The typical axiom is that culture shapes the kind of techn...
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We measure Washington state’s progress over time and compared to its peer states with respect to important metrics in our three pillars: an educated workforce, research capacity, and an entrepreneurial climate. At the forefront of our mission is to evaluate how well our state and all of its citizens are positioned to realize their full potential an...
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Task Force members explored the problems arising in public K-12 education from the current COVID-19 pandemic and envisioned a system that is better prepared for the next major disruption, whether in the next year or the next decade. we looked at the impact of the pandemic on our children, schools, educators, families, and communities. We found that...
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School Districts, like Washington's Onalaska, have community bonds that help keep students from falling through the cracks, but not the connectivity to keep them from falling behind, school staff and families fear. This presentation outlines the technological barriers that stymie effective remote learning, and how these barriers tend to affect alre...
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According to the most widely used American law dictionary, a sovereign is a state vested with independent and supreme authority. This definition, given immediately in foreword of Navajo Sovereignty, is used to differentiate common law definitions from a concept of greater concern to many Indigenous nations: a sovereign nation-state with inherently...
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2021 is also a year that reflects the persistence of colonial structures. The year 2021 will mark the 300th anniversary of Danish colonial rule over Greenland. Greenlandic society generally considers the repeated steps toward greater self-rule as steps toward the eventual full independence from Denmark. This chapter provides a brief overview of the...
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The Lord of the Rings is a trilogy that has captured the hearts and imaginations of fantasy fans and cinephiles alike. While The Lord of the Rings existed as a written saga for almost fifty years before gracing the silver screen, its translation into films represents production choices and message selection that were heavily shaped by the cultural...
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Arctic explorers have traditionally viewed the North as unexplored frontier, minimizing the role of Indigenous inhabitants. Today, despite exponential growth in Northern tourism, Indigenous peoples are minimally and under-employed, continuing a troubling pattern of economic and social marginalization. In categorizing the challenges to Indigenous em...
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Military forces around the world are responding to geophysical planetary changes and its uncertain future, as climate change has serious implications for military operations and structures. Discussions on this topic highlight the growing vulnerability of amphibious operations in the Pacific, as evidenced by the broad body of research and presentati...
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States promote reputations for both internal population consumption and international promotion. While the Scandinavian states are frequently recognized as 'welfare states,' recent years have seen active promotion of their reputations as 'ecological states' for both domestic and international audiences. Scandinavian societies are considered to be a...
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The creation of policy documents that Arctic actors use to identify and disseminate their concerns, interests, and recommendations is often state-centric and periodic, with most of the “Arctic Eight” releasing new policy documents every three to four years. However, the Inuit Circumpolar Council and Saami Council, both Permanent Participants in the...
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With the Arctic currently warming at a rate at least twice that of the global average, the coupled Arctic ecosystem is losing ice. This scale of environmental change significantly affects Arctic people, wildlife, infrastructure, transportation, and access. The cross-disciplinary nature of the challenge of Arctic ice loss and climate change must be...
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2021 is also a year that reflects the persistence of colonial structures. The year 2021 will mark the 300th anniversary of Danish colonial rule over Greenland. Greenlandic society generally considers the repeated steps toward greater self-rule as steps toward the eventual full independence from Denmark. This chapter provides a brief overview of the...
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In examining sustainability within the broader context of environmental policy, renewable energy, and domestic politics, it quickly becomes apparent that sustainability itself is a nuanced concept. As an action, sustainable behavior becomes part of a person, group, or society’s repertoire of conduct and is embodied in behavior and policy outputs. T...
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During the fall of 2019 we led a new course on how Arctic policy could incorporate a more Inuit-centered perspective. The course was one of the capstone offerings for International Studies majors in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington (UW). Within just ten weeks, the nine undergraduate students of th...
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Militarism shaped the physical dimensions of childhood in Tajikistan during the Tajik Civil War (1993–1997). Even in civilian zones, children interacted with military artifacts during daily play: children made slingshots from gas masks, played on rubble, and constructed whistles from bullets. Through a qualitative study exploring space construction...
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A historian’s goal should be to find a story that has not been told, or to find an old story and tell it through a new lens. In answering the former, Yukon author-journalist Michael Gates provides a comprehensive account of his home territory’s role in Canada’s First World War effort in From the Klondike to Berlin: The Yukon in World War I. The rev...
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Active learning has been advocated as a method of instruction in higher educations since the early 1980s, yet little attention has been paid to the way students respond to-and perceive the quality of-active learning instruction. Notably, there is little understanding of how international students, who prior educational experiences are with transmis...
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This article serves audiences consisting of instructors of advanced high school students and college courses. Modern imaginings of Viking society alternate between lawless pillagers and independent, innovative traders. Yet Viking society, whether in mainland Scandinavia or in distant colonies, was subject to a rigorous system of law, many features...
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Tajikistan has experienced numerous barriers to economic and political development over the past 100 years. Pressured into joining the Soviet Union, which lasted nearly 70 years, Tajikistan sank into a civil war upon achieving its independence. This resulted in numerous deaths, displacement, and infrastructural devastation. Since the conflict, Taji...
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Consider a truth of appropriation and colonial insertions into native and cultural industries: practices affect people differently depending on whether they claim a direct connection to the expressions being commodified. The driving intent behind Incorporating Culture is to examine how and why Northwest Coast art industry norms are slowly shifting...
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It is tempting for southern actors to imagine an Arctic that is separate from the challenges that define the rest of the world. From geopolitics to pollution, militarization to a loss of biodiversity, the complex events that span the globe highlight the desirability of identifying a region isolated from broader struggles. However, the very concept...
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While the recorded presence of Indigenous Inuit peoples in larger, southern cities dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, this number has sharply grown since the early 1980s in Montreal and other major metropolitan areas. Yet high rent, low rental vacancies, and a lack of credit history can lead to Native individuals being unable to secur...
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Indigenous nations have seen tremendous gains in their political agency and international attention. Political victories in international institutions are frequently addressed in academic literature, yet other forms of resistance are under-addressed as they exist in a political ‘gray space’. Yet resistive art is both intersectional and political. F...
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American Indian Studies is just as much a journey as it is an exploration of the role “relatedness” has on American Indian rhetorical tradition. The author, Kimberly G. Wieser, shares her thoughts and personal “blanketing” in Cheyenne while examining American indigenous communications and how scholars can apply intertribal approaches to conversatio...
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Governing Arctic change: global perspectives. Kathrin Keil and Sebastian Knecht (eds). 2017. London, Palgrave Macmillan. 319 p, hardback. ISBN 978-1-137-50883-6. USD 68. - Volume 54 Issue 4 - Ellen Ahlness
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A multi-authored contribution to Arctic scholarship, China’s Arctic Ambitions has origins in a Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre report. Lackenbauer et al. expand upon their original scope to break down the emergence of China in the Arctic theater, and focus on the implications for Canada.
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It is difficult to fully grasp or appreciate the ethnic complexity of the Russian Federation. Despite national pressures over the better part of a century to assimilate indigenous communities, including the circumpolar indigenous peoples, indigenous communities have been able to maintain many cultural traditions. Today, indigenous associations and...
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Immediately after World War II, significant U.S. troop reductions took place throughout Europe; conversely, more U.S. troops were sent to Norway to help expel their German occupiers and rebuild the governance of a suppressed people and defense force. Those were the soldiers of the United States’ 99th Infantry Battalion. Even today, during Norwegian...
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Janteloven is a set of fictional laws detailed in Danish author Aksel Sandemose's 1933 book, "A Fugitive Crosses His Tracks," which satirizes the Scandinavian view towards individuality versus the collective. These laws, consisting of rules such as "thou shalt not believe thou art better than us," direct a negative attitude towards those who stand...
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After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States sought to increase its influence in Western Europe and Central Asia. The primary military mechanism used to increase presence and ideological influence was the State Partnership Program. This program, modeled heavily after the Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange, used reserve forces instead...

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Evaluate Washington state's strengths and weaknesses in its K-12 and higher education systems, innovation economy, and the effects of its growing technology sector on the average state resident. Work conducted with Technology Alliance in capacity of William H. Gates Fellowship in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Why do developed states vary in their resistance to domestic group internationalization—attempts to mobilize across borders or gain membership in international organizations? This study finds transparency as a variable affecting likelihood of state resistance. War and cross-border information collecting obscure state domestic behavior from the view of the global community affect the likelihood of minority repression, even among states with historically high levels of commitment to norm compliance.