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Sylva Sheridan

PhD Candidate (Legal Studies)

Sylva’s research interest primarily explores historical trauma theory in relation to setter colonial policy. This includes the pathologization of medical colonialism as well as critically evaluating intergenerational and transgenerational trauma as historical trauma responses.

Supervisor: Dr. Jane Dickson


  • MA Legal Studies, Carleton University
  • BA (Hon) Major Law, Minor English, Carleton University
  • Diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition, The Institute of Holistic Nutrition
  • Gladue Report Writer Training Certificate, Royal Roads University & Indigenous Perspectives Society

Upcoming Teaching Experience
Winter 2024: LAWS 2908: Approaches in Legal Studies I

Sylva Sheridan, “Progression Through Regression: The Inferno of Daenerys Targaryen” (2019) 49:1 Canadian Review of American Studies 66.
(in Press) Sylva Sheridan, “The Spectacle and Reification of Traumapower in Game of Thrones” (2023) Canadian Review of American Studies.

Sylva Sheridan, “There can never be reconciliation without the entire truth” (June 28, 2021) online: The Hamilton Spectator

Conference Presentation
“Analyzing Historical Trauma Theory in Application to the Intergenerational Effects of Indian Residential Schools”, Trent University Frosty Centre Graduate Student Association: Canada in Times of Crisis, October 2021.
“Biological Approaches to Trauma”, University of Toronto Legal Studies Symposium, April 2023.