Listen to Professors Jennifer Adese, Rodney Nelson and Stephen Fai talk about doing research with Indigenous communities!

The following list contains academic staff members at Carleton University whose research interests include Indigenous issues. Many of these scholars also teach courses with some Indigenous content.

Jennifer Adese
Ph.D. (McMaster), Assistant Professor
School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
jennifer.adese@carleton.ca

Area of Research and Expertise:

  • Indigenous self-representation and Canadian state representational practices
  • Colonization, racialization, racism, and Canadian nation-building
  • Métis literatures, cultural production, and peoplehood
  • Métis and women’s political activism, writing, and resistance
  • Urban Indigeneity
  • Indigenous resistance movements

Zoe Todd
MSc (University of Alberta), Ph.D. Candidate (Aberdeen), Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
ZoeS.Todd@carleton.ca

Area of Research and Expertise:

  • Human-fish relations
  • Indigenous legal orders/Traditions
  • Métis environmental relations
  • Indigenous/Métis feminisms
  • Art
  • Alberta fish and environmental issues
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • The Anthropocene
  • Decolonizing academia

Hayden King
M.A. (Queen’s), Ph.D. (ABD) (McMaster), Lecturer
School of Public Policy and Administration
Faculty of Public Affairs
Hayden.King@carleton.ca

Area of Research and Expertise:

  • Indigenous and Canadian law
  • Canadian Aboriginal policy
  • Indigenous Governance
  • Media (mis)representation
  • Indigenous language

Heather Dories
Ph.D. (Toronto), Assistant Professor
School of Public Policy and Administration
Faculty of Public Affairs
Heather.Dorries@carleton.ca

Area of Research and Expertise:

  • Urban planning
  • Indigenous Governance
  • Environmental Policy and Planning
  • Reconciliation

Simon Brascoupé
M.A. (SUNY), Adjunct Research Professor
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
simonbrscoupe@hotmail.com

Area of Research and Expertise:

  • Indigenous and Aboriginal studies
  • Health, healing and wellness
  • Community development
  • Economic development and environmental issues
  • Aboriginal art
  • History
  • Spirituality, meaning
  • Museums and issues

John Medicine Horse Kelly
Ph.D. (Oregon), Assistant Professor

School of Journalism and Communication
Faculty of Public Affairs and Management
john.kelly@carleton.ca

Area of Research and Expertise:

  • Preservation and revitalisation of Aboriginal languages, traditional stories and music
  • Aboriginal education
  • Aboriginal peoples in relation to mass media
  • Aboriginal peoples in relation to journalism

Sebastien Malette
Ph.D. (University of Victoria), Assistant Professor
Department of Law and Legal Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
sebastien.malette@carleton.ca

Area of Research and Expertise:

  • Indigenous law
  • Métis/Mixed-Heritage studies
  • Governmentality
  • Environmentalism and Indigenous world-views
  • Decolonization

Frances D. Abele
Ph.D. (York), Professor

School of Public Policy and Administration
Faculty of Public Affairs and Management
frances.abele@carleton.ca

Area of Research and Expertise:

  • Political economy of northern development; federal northern policy
  • Aboriginal self-government and federalism
  • Royal Commissions and public engagement
  • Urban issues of importance to Aboriginal people

Stephen Fai
Ph.D. (Ottawa), Associate Professor and Director, Carleton Immersive Media Studio

Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism
Faculty of Engineering and Design
sfai@sims.carleton.ca

Area of Research and Expertise:

  • Infrastructure management
  • Building information modelling
  • Heritage conservation

Jane Dickson-Gilmore
Ph.D. (London), Associate Professor

Department of Law
Faculty of Public Affairs and Management
Jane.DicksonGilmore@carleton.ca

Area of Research and Expertise:

  • First Nations and Citizenship/Membership
  • Dispute resolution/Restorative Justice
  • First Nations and traditional justice

Root Gorelick
Ph.D. (Arizona State), Associate Professor
Department of Biology
School of Mathematics & Statistics
Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies
root.gorelick@carleton.ca

Area of Research and Expertise:

  • Indigenous science and natural history
  • Indigenous ecology and evolution

Katherine Graham
M.A. (Queen’s), Professor Emerita

School of Public Policy & Adminstration
Faculty of Public Affairs
katherine.graham@carleton.ca

Area of Research and Expertise:

  • Citizen engagement in public administration
  • Development
  • Northern and Aboriginal policy development
  • Local government, policy management
  • Policy and program design
  • Public service reform and restructuring

Radha Jhappan
Ph.D. (British Columbia), Associate Professor

Department of Political Science
Faculty of Public Affairs and Management
rjhappan@ccs.carleton.ca

Area of Research and Expertise:

  • Indigenous nations’ politics and law
  • Constitutional law and politics
  • The Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Marie Odile-Junker
Ph.D. (Sherbrooke), Professor

School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
marie-odile.junker@carleton.ca

Area of Research and Expertise:

  • Indigenous language documentation, revitalization, and transmission
  • Algonquian languages
  • Information technology applied to language teaching and preservation
  • Participatory Action Research

Gita J. Laidler
Ph.D. (Toronto), Assistant Professor
Department of Geography & Environmental Studies Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
gita.ljubicic@carleton.ca

Area of Research and Expertise:

  • Inuit knowledge of arctic environments
  • Relationships between language, knowledge, and use of northern environments
  • Geomatics and multi-media tools to represent dynamic knowledge and environmental systems
  • Sea ice and marine environments
  • Human dimensions of environmental change
  • Cross-cultural, collaborative, research methods
  • Linking Inuit and scientific knowledge in a complementary manner
  • Northern content and contributions in education materials and programs

Eva Mackey
Ph.D. (Sussex), Associate Professor
School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
eve.mackey@carleton.ca

Area of Research and Expertise:

  • Politics of culture
  • Identity
  • Nation
  • Race
  • History within the context of colonial/national/global processes
  • Governance
  • Multiculturalism
  • National identity and the politics of culture/race in Canada
  • Aboriginal rights “backlash” and decolonization in settler nations
  • Human rights and conflict over land and property in settler nations
  • Decolonizing Canada

Mary McGuire
B.J. (Carleton), Associate Professor
School of Journalism and Communication
Faculty of Public Affairs and Management
mary.mcguire@carleton.ca

Area of Research and Expertise:

  • Aboriginal rights and the Constitution
  • Northern political and economic development

Allan Moscovitch
M.A. (Essex), Professor Emeritus

School of Social Work
Faculty of Public Affairs and Management
Allan.Moscovitch@carleton.ca

Area of Research and Expertise:

  • History of the Welfare State in Canada
  • Social administration, particularly the administration of social assistance
  • Federal/Provincial relations and social welfare
  • Aboriginal peoples and social welfare
  • Poverty

Donna Patrick
Ph.D. (Toronto), Professor

Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
donna.patrick@carleton.ca

Area of Research and Expertise:

  • Language, culture, identity and nationhood
  • Arctic and circumpolar issues
  • Urban Indigeneity
  • Indigenous and Minority languages, education, and literacy in Canada
  • Language endangerment and revitalization
  • Language rights and policy
  • Language and political economy, ideology, and globalization
  • Sociolinguistics and the intersection of language with culture, politics, race, class, gender, and ethnicity

Ruth Phillips
Ph.D. (London), Professor
Art History
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
ruth.phillips@carleton.ca

Area of Research and Expertise:

  • Visual and material culture of First Nations peoples
  • Native North American art history and museum as a space of representation and cultural negotiation
  • History of museum representation of Indigenous arts and cultures of Canada
  • The arts of the Anishinaabe and Iroquois

Trevor Purvis
Ph.D. (Lancaster), Assistant Professor

Department of Law and Legal Studies
Faculty of Public Affairs
trevor.purvis@carleton.ca

Area of Research and Expertise:

  • Globalization
  • International Human Rights
  • Race, Ethnicity, and the Law
  • Public Law and Policy
  • Sovereignty & Citizenship
  • International Legal Theory & Practice
  • International Human Rights
  • Aboriginal Peoples and the Canadian Criminal Justice System

Robert Shepherd
Ph.D. (Toronto), Assistant Professor
School of Public Policy and Administration
Faculty of Public Affairs
RobertP.Shepherd@carleton.ca

Area of Research and Expertise:

  • Aboriginal public management, accountability, funding arrangements
  • Program evaluation (Canadian, reserve-based)
  • Aboriginal self-government
  • Federal policy development and processes
  • Consultation with First Nations
  • Bridging understanding between business and government
  • Public sector management reform and relationships with First Nations

Allan Ryan
Ph.D. (British Columbia), Associate Professor
New Sun Chair in Aboriginal Art and Culture
School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
allan.ryan@carleton.ca

Area of Research and Expertise:

  • Contemporary Aboriginal issues and their aesthetic manifestation in literature and the visual arts
  • Aboriginal and Northern issues
  • Indigenous aesthetics
  • Aboriginal cinema
  • Healing through the arts in Aboriginal communities

Derek A. Smith
Ph.D. (Kansas), Assistant Professor
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
DerekA.Smith@carleton.ca

Area of Research and Expertise:

  • Indigenous peoples of Central America and Mexico
  • Neotropical wildlife use
  • Land tenure and resource rights
  • Ethnobiology
  • GIS applications in conservation management
  • Participatory and collaborative mapping
  • Ethnobiology with Aboriginal knowledge

Fraser Taylor
Ph.D. (Edinburgh), Distinguished Research Professor and Director of the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
fraser.taylor@carleton.ca

Area of Research and Expertise:

  • Application of geospatial information management to the analysis of key socioeconomic problems in a national and international context
  • Presentation of results in innovative new cartographic forms
  • Use of cybercartography to create a series of atlases with Inuit and other Aboriginal peoples in Canada
  • Ontario Leading Edge Initiative Grant for a project entitled “A Distributed Data Management Infrastructure for Indigenous Knowledge Research with Inuit and First Nations”
  • SSHRC Connection Grant for a project entitled “The Technological and Intellectual Property Issues Around the Repatriation of Inuit knowledge from a Foreign Museum using the Nunaliit Cybercartographic Framework”
  • SSHRC Insight Grant for a project entitled “Residential Schools Land Mapping Project”

Adje van de Sande
Ph.D. (Wilfrid Laurier), Associate Professor
School of Social Work
Faculty of Public Affairs and Management
adje.vandesande@carleton.ca

Area of Research and Expertise:

  • Professional Competencies
  • Child Poverty
  • Aboriginal Child Welfare