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.


rachelle_dickenson_croppedRachelle Dickenson

Rachelle Dickenson is a PhD Student at Carleton University. Previous to this she was Curatorial Assistant in the Indigenous Art Department at the National Gallery of Canada and has an MA in Art History from McGill University.

Rachelle is co-curator of Reading the Talk, with independent curator and artist, Lisa Myers. Rachelle is engaged in relationships and distinctions between Canadian and Indigenous art histories, pedagogies and curatorial practices in Canadian exhibition and educational institutions.


William Leonard Felepchuk

My name is William Leonard Felepchuk. I am called William after my mother’s father, who was raised by his Italian immigrant grandparents in downtown Hamilton. I am called Leonard after my father’s father, whose people came from Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukraine to settle in Saskatchewan. My mother’s mother Isabel’s people were Protestant Ulster Irish settlers in Southern Ontario, as was the family of my father’s mother Ivy.

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 research looks at the history and consolidation of regimes of coloniality and racial domination in the Ottawa region and in the watershed of the Kichi Sibi (Ottawa River), while exploring and interrogating my position as a settler (non-Indigenous) white man.

I have presented papers on the history of racialization and coloniality in the Ottawa region at the McGill-Queen’s Graduate History Conference in Kingston, Ontario, and at the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. I am also the co-organizer, with Professor Nimo Bokore, of the annual academic colloquium at Carleton University entitled “Somali Studies in Canada: Resistance and Resilience”.  I am the co-coordinator, with Professor Cristina Rojas, of the Decolonial/Postcolonial Reading Group, a monthly gathering of graduate students and professors who read decolonial and postcolonial theory together.


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

I began my undergrad studying ‘Religion & Culture’ (specifically interested in Rastafari as radical political ideologies immanently critical of Western society) but ended with a Double Honours BA in Religion & Culture and Philosophy from WLU. I then did my MA in Philosophy at the New School for Social Research Graduate Faculty in New York. My MA thesis was entitled  ‘Archaic Vulnerability: Wonder in Ancient Greece, Pity in Revolutionary France’. While in New York, I interned at Columbia University Press and at Telos Press Publishing. Upon completion, I stepped away from academia and worked for ten years variously in legal research, as a postsecondary education lobbyist, and in the construction and restaurant industries.

Presently, I am working on the question of the moral and juridical-institutional foundations of statist authority and legitimacy in the Canadian context. My work historicizes this asymmetry in Indigenous-Settler relations in multiple theoretical dimensions, from 1763 to the present, and also incorporates a speculative thinking-otherwise of the possibility of future legitimate, reciprocal, and fecund reformulations of Indigenous-Settler relations.

I live in Ottawa, on the unceded territory of Anishinaabeg and Onkwehon:we nations, with my partner and daughter.



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 Pole is an emerging award winning filmmaker. She combines her research with motion picture productions and photography as a way to make her work more accessible and enable possibilities limited by written work. 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 the stories of Indigenous matriarchs. Melissa is a white settler who grew up on the traditional unceded territory of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples.

Melissa has a B.A. Combined Honours Philosophy and Gender Studies (Wilfrid Laurier), an M.A. (Queens) and is a 1st year PhD student (Carleton).


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.


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Lindy Van Vliet

I completed my BA at the University of Waterloo with a joint honours in Political Science and History, and my MA in Canadian Studies at Carleton.
My research interests for my PhD are broad and ever-changing, but most recently I have become interested in the way that online “memes” critique and reproduce counter-narratives. I am also interested in tracing the ways western liberal subjecthood is performed and questioned online.

 I spend my spare time “analyzing” the Mindy Project and knitting a sweater (it is a lifelong project).