Current Students – PhD Program

Trycia Bazinet

I am a PhD Candidate in Indigenous and Canadian Studies from Carleton University, Ottawa. I am from around La Sarre, Abitibi-Temiscamingue, Québec and I currently live in Luxembourg.

My research is on hydro and geo social relations falls into the field of environmental humanities and affective human geography. It takes place on the territory of the Abitibi8inni, which is located around the Abitibi lake and now divided by the provincial border between Quebec and Ontario. For my project I ask different people how they relate to the Abitibi lake today, and particularly to its possible imminent disappearance. In terms of environmental history, I discuss how geological factors (post-glacial rebound) interact with more recent and anthropogenic and eutrophication-inducing factors (damming, boating, rejection of used waters, agriculture) to affect the lake, whose fate and own role in the process becomes ambiguous and open to interpretation.

This work is meant to assist in providing a local picture of contemporary hydro social relations in the context of settler-colonialism and to comment back on the material conditions affecting the implicated realities, on racism, on ontological (in)commensurabilities and on the anthropocene.

john-carlson_croppedJohn Carlson

I am Anishinaabe, Loon Clan and member of Opwaaganisiniing First Nation (Red Rock Indian Band).

My desire, passion and will is to strengthen my community’s relationship to our traditional territory. This involves, among other things, the question of land-based education, as well as recovering the dynamism of our intellectual and practical traditions. In this sense, I am also concerned with the relationship between Indigenous resurgence and decolonization, which, I believe, we cannot assume to be self-evident.

Along with my academic work I am constantly learning new things about my culture and doing my best to build the relationships that enable this learning as well as the responsibilities it carries. 

amy-chamberlin_croppedAmy Chamberlin

In the wake of Indian residential and day schools, in an age of apologies and calls to action, settler Canada, it seems, is committed to achieving reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. My dissertation research investigates dominant representations of the Indian Residential School System, which oftentimes show reconciliation as a ‘national hug’ intended to restore relations after acknowledgment of past harms.  Is it possible to conceptualize deeper forms of reconciliation, which acknowledges harm and affirms Indigenous knowledge systems? If so, how? In this intervention and animation research project, I am assembling and working with recollections and memories of a particular Indian day school from both oral and archival records.

I grew up in Cumberland, Ontario. I now call Listuguj First Nation ‘home’ where I live with my partner, Fred, and our three children – Emma, Je’gopsn, and Erika. Since 2005, I have worked with several First Nations organizations in the areas of health and education.

William Felepchuk

I am a historical geographer primarily researching the dead and the places they inhabit in the historical geographies of race and colonialism in southern Ontario. My thesis is about the desecration by settler whites of the burial places of Anishinaabek and historic Black communities in what are now known as Grey and Bruce counties, and the subsequent reclamation of these sites by communities.  I was born in North York, on the lands of the Mississauga nation, and moved with my family at the age of four to Ottawa, on the unceded territories of the Algonquin nation, where I have lived since. My ancestors came to Canada between 1840 and 1910 from Ukraine, Italy, England, and the Ulster region of Ireland.

I have recently published an article entitled “Racial Necrogeographies in a Settler Colony: the life and death of 19th Century burial places in rural Ontario” in a special issue on Blackness and Indigeneity in the American Indian Culture and Research Journal (2019), as well as book chapters in volumes called Institutions and Well-Being: Heritage, Space, & Bodies (University of Gothenberg / University College London) and Minorities in Canada – Intercultural Investigations (Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary). I have a forthcoming co-authored article in the International Journal of Islamic Architecture on the racist backlash to the establishment of Muslim cemeteries in the West (2022). I have also researched the history of Italian colonialism and have a forthcoming co-authored chapter on Italian aggression in Somalia in the volume The Invisible War: WWI in the Italian Colonies, part of the War and Militarism in African History book series (Ohio University Press, 2022).

I have presented my research at the International Society of Educational Biography in San Antonio, Texas (2019), Native American and Indigenous Studies Conference in Los Angeles, California (2018) and Honolulu, Hawaii (2016), and the British Association of Canadian Studies Conference in London, UK (2018), among others. I have taught a variety of courses in Indigenous and Canadian studies at Carleton and am a director at the Indigenous-owned company Archipel Research and Consulting ( I am a member of the Justice for Abdirahman Coalition, a group that “has been working to obtain greater transparency in policing, challenge racial inequity, and bring positive change in local and provincial institutions in honour of the late Abdirahman Abdi and his family” (

Gale Franklin

Gale Franklin is a PhD student in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies and she is also concurrently pursuing a Graduate Diploma in Migration and Diaspora Studies. Gale completed her Master’s in Ethnomusicology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and her Bachelor of Music Honours at Carleton University. Gale is a settler singer-songwriter and music teacher who grew up on Treaty 1 Territory.

Gale’s M.A. research explored the pre and post-migration sonic experiences of Syrian refugees as well as examined how music acts as a site for experiencing the world and understanding oneself and one’s surroundings. She investigated how music and listening experiences are interconnected with memory, trauma, senses of belonging, and intersensoriality. Building on this research, Gale explores how music and other forms of expressive culture shape newcomer experiences in Canada and how they can be used to facilitate settlement and integration experiences as well as intercultural understanding in Canada. In the context of Canada’s commitment to the resettlement of refugees, her project advances our understanding of the challenges and possibilities faced by newcomers to Canada. Through collaborative efforts, Gale’s research engages newcomers in program development designed to enhance their integration experience and daily lives in Canada.

Amy Fung

Amy Fung is a writer, curator and organizer of multifarious events.

Born in Kowloon, Hong Kong, she has lived and worked on the Treaty 6 territory of Edmonton, the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations of Vancouver, the Treaty territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit in Toronto, which is subject to the Wampum Belt Treaty of the Dish With One Spoon, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Anishinaabe to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes, and currently on unceded Algonquin, Anishinabek territory.

She received her Masters in English and Film Studies from the University of Alberta in 2009 with a specialization in criticism, poetics, and the moving image. Taking a decade long break from academia, she has been working professionally as an independent writer and curator for newspapers, magazines, journals, festivals, galleries, and museums since 2007.

Her first book on Canadian art and identity, Before I was a critic, I was a human being, was published by Artspeak and Book*hug Press in 2019.

Andrew Gemmell

PhD candidate with the School for Indigenous and Canadian Studies, with a specialization at the Institute of Political Economy, theorizing the Canadian Crown. Undergrad at Wilfrid Laurier, double honours Religion and Culture, and Philosophy (undergraduate project: ‘Rastafari as Political Ideology: Afrocentric, Anticolonial, and Eschatological Historical Consciousness’). MA Philosophy at the New School for Social Research (thesis title: ‘Archaic Vulnerability: Ontological Dynamics of Wonder in Ancient Greece and Pity in Revolutionary France’). Recent publication: ‘Defending Indigenous Rights from the Just Society’ in 1968 in Canada: A Year and its Legacies (University of Ottawa Press, April 2021:

I live with my family on unceded Omàmiwinini territory.

Allyson Green

Allyson Green is a third year Ph.D. student in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University.

Her central research project examines how disability has been explained conceptually, politically and linguistically in Canada. As a neurodiverse academic, she seeks to deconstruct the arbitrary division between ‘ability’ and ‘disability,’ ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ and is particularly interested in how creative and artistic social interventions can disrupt able-bodied and able-minded normativity. Past research projects have explored world-making through queer disability art and the promotion of settler responsibility through engagement with critical Indigenous artworks.

Kimberley Keller

Kimberley Keller is a second year PhD student at Carleton University in the School of Canadian and Indigenous Studies. She completed both her BScH in Environmental Science and her MA in Global Development Studies at Queen’s University.

Kimberley’s research centres on environmental rights and the application of legal personhood to various ecosystems. Secifically, Kimberley is analyzing the impacts of nature rights on the preservation of local environments, the proliferation of Maori culture, and the accountability of corporations and governments as exemplified by the Whanganui River in New Zealand. Subsequently, Kimberley will apply the information to the Canadian context and critique the role environmental legal personhood could play in environmental conservation, Indigenous-Crown relations, and the resource extraction sector.

Miranda Leibel

“Miranda is a doctoral candidate in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies and the Institute of Political Economy.

Miranda was born and raised in ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Amiskwacîwâskahikan/Edmonton) in Treaty 6/Métis Territory. She holds a BA(hon) and MA in Political Science, as well as a Certificate in International Learning, from the University of Alberta.

Miranda’s research, supervised by Dr. Jennifer Henderson, interrogates provincial child death inquiries as governmental technologies of transparency, asking whether or not the spectacle of intimate violence and trauma, followed by the public scrutiny of the state, reinforce, complicate, legitimize, or otherwise shift the reality of provincial jurisdiction over child welfare (for example, by reaffirming the state as the manager of children and families in general). Miranda’s research is framed by a critical political economy lens, and gives specific attention to the intersections of settler-colonialism and neoliberalism in contemporary Canadian policy. ”

Jamie McCullough

My name is Jamie McCullough and I am from a small community tucked away in the Laurentians in Quebec. I moved to Ottawa years ago and now call it home.  I am a daughter, wife, mother of 4 and an aunt to many nieces and nephews.

I hold a Masters degree from the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton.  My PhD research interests lie in cross cultural education, race and racism, treaty negotiations, pedagogy, and experiential learning.  I am interested in researching how Indigenous studies has been taught over the last 50 years in Canada compared to contemporary teaching methods influenced by the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Melissa Pole

Melissa is a white settler who grew up on the traditional unceded territory of the Anishinabek and Huron – Wendat peoples along the Muskoka River in Bracebridge, Ontario.

Melissa is a filmmaker and visual artist. She combines her research with motion picture productions and photography as a way to make her work more accessible.

She sees storytelling as a powerful method that breaks institutional and colonial barriers of knowledge production and constructions of space/time.

Her current focus is on the Millennium Scoop and centering the stories of Indigenous women to address the relationship between Indigenous sovereignty and the Canadian Child Welfare system.

Melissa has a B.A. Combined Honours Philosophy and Gender Studies (Wilfrid Laurier), an M.A. in Gender Studies (Queens) and is a 2nd year PhD student (Carleton).

Samantha Stevens

Samantha Stevens specializes in international communications and relations, and humanitarian structural development and crisis aid. She holds a BA in English at Athabasca University, with a particular focus on British, Canadian, and post-colonial literature, and the psychological effects of mass media. She recently completed a Graduate Diploma in journalism, and was awarded an MA in journalism upon the completion of her thesis: “Towards Reconciliation: The White Saviour Trope in Canadian Newspaper coverage of Grassy Narrows First Nation between 1977 and 2019.”

Her research deals primarily with revealing a vestige of the antiquated colonial system, the white saviour trope, in news media, policy, and society. She is particularly interested in how colonialism has embedded itself within the English language, and how such a perspective is then recreated through social and political reinforcement.

Her current research examines themes associated with the white saviour trope embedded within federal policy; specifically, how Indigenous land negotiations have been problematized in official policy discourse and legal proceedings.

Samantha recently presented her work at “Imagining Canada: ‘Discovering’ & Navigating ‘All Our Relations’ in an (Un)Common Country” virtual conference at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany. Her select publications include “Exporting the White Saviour: The Colonial Textual Influence on Canadian/Indigenous relationships.”

Michelle Thompson

I am a Franco-Ontarian from Blind River Ontario and a 4th year PhD candidate with a focus on Francophone studies. I have a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Information Science with a focus on archives and special collections management. To date, my graduate research has focused on collective identity and mobility, the production of culture by linguistic and cultural minorities, and social media spaces as virtual communities.

I have over 20 years of experience working with non-profits and have been working as an independent consultant since 2012. More recently I contributed to research projects for the Canadian Research Institute for Linguistic Minorities at Université de Moncton and for the Factor Inwentash School of Social Work at the University of Toronto. I’ve published articles on the role of Canadian law libraries in preserving legal blogs, the applications of simulation-based learning in social work education, and the opportunities ICT and digital media research present for Francophone studies. I believe that new technologies can help under-represented and mis-represented groups resist assimilation and reclaim their identities and place through cultural and knowledge production. My dissertation focuses on the role of social media as a transcultural meeting place for francophone world music artists.

Through my recent travels to South America, I’ve developed a love for Afro-Colombian music and have started to learn Spanish.