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Indigenous Studies Ph.D.

Faculty
Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Studies Ph.D.

Full-Time Graduate Faculty

Our exceptional graduate faculty have backgrounds in Indigenous and western knowledges with specific research profiles in such areas as Indigenous performance, literature, politics, history, ecology, governance, modernity, language, and the transformation of settler consciousness.  

In addition to our full time Regular Faculty, students also have access to a growing list of Adjunct Faculty from across North America who can serve on dissertation committees as co-supervisors, or committee members.

Because our program is grounded in Indigenous Knowledges we also offer students the opportunity to have an Elder or Knowledge Holder (or other non-Trent expert) on their committee as a committee member under the designation of Special Graduate Faculty.

 

Regular Graduate Faculty

Associate Professor, Lynne Davis

Areas of Supervision:

I am a settler Canadian with eastern European ancestry.  My research focuses on Indigenous-settler relations, particularly the complexities and tensions in building relationships and alliances.  Changing the way Canadians think – “transforming settler consciousness” – is another aspect of this work. Creative and decolonizing classroom pedagogies, including digital story-telling, help facilitate transformation.  I will work with students who share these theoretical interests and have a commitment to action and decolonizing educational practices. 

Please note that Professor Davis is on sabbatical until July 1, 2017.

 

Associate Professor, Mark Dockstator

Areas of Supervision:

“My primary interest lies in the practical application of Indigenous knowledge to the contemporary situation of Indigenous Peoples. For example, how do you incorporate aspects of Indigenous knowledge into self government…health care…economic development…land claims? The practical, day to day use and incorporation of Indigenous Knowledge into the lives of Indigenous Peoples is not only a need…but also represents the very heart of the continuing existence of indigenous people as Indigenous Peoples.

​Please note that Professor Dockstator is on leave until July 1, 2019 and is not currently accepting new students.

 

Associate Professor, Chris Furgal

Areas of Supervision:

My work focuses on exploring key aspects of the relationships between Indigenous peoples, the environment and health. My work is considerate and inclusive of the knowledges and ways of understanding, making decisions, and communicating about these relationships and their importance for Indigenous health.  I will work with students who are similarly interested in these topics.  I have an active and long standing research program on these topics with Arctic communities and encourage students to contact me before applying to the program to inquire about availability and opportunities.

 

Associate Professor, Michele Lacombe

Areas of Supervision:

My work focusses on the relationship between creative writing, Indigenous identity, and place.  My research investigates how storytelling  practices link ancestral and contemporary voices, in the process blurring some of the distinctions between land-based and urban perspectives.  I am interested in supervising students working in two distinct but potentially overlapping areas: how arts-based approaches engage aspects of  colonialism, resurgence, identity, place, and/or gender; and how Indigenist intellectuals engage critical theory in addressing some of these topics.

Please note that Professor Lacombe is on sabbatical until July 1, 2017.

 

Associate Professor, Dan Longboat

Areas of Supervision:

Coming Soon

 

Associate Professor, Don McCaskill​

Areas of Supervision:

My research focuses on topics such as; Indigenous urbanization, education, justice and corrections, international community development and social and cultural change.  I specialize in community-based research project working closely with Indigenous organization and communities.  I am currently conducting research on the history and contemporary situation of the discipline of Indigenous Studies in Canada interviewing faculty across Canada.  I am also conducting a needs assessment of child and family services for Native Child and Family Services of Toronto with a view to develop a new model of culturally-based services.  I recently completed a major community-based research project entitled the Toronto Aboriginal Research Project, the largest research project ever conducted in an urban centre in Canada. I will accept students who are working in the areas of Indigenous urbanization, education, culturally-based social services and international Indigenous issues especially involving community-based methodologies.

 

Associate Professor, Marrie Mumford

Areas of Supervision:

Coming Soon

 

Professor, David Newhouse​

Areas of Supervision:

My work focuses broadly on what I call Aboriginal modernity. My work has been an investigation into the tensions and dramas of the emergent modern Aboriginal society in Canada.  I will accept students who are interested in exploring and examining aspects of the nature of modern Aboriginal society, particularly on the use of Indigenous knowledge as one of the foundations for Indigenous collective action and institutional development.

 

Chair in Indigenous Knowledge, Skahendowaneh Swamp

​Areas of Supervision:

I am actively involved in my home community of Akwesasne as a language teacher and Faith Keeper. I am involved in research and in transmitting Haudenosaune traditional knowledge to undergraduate and graduate students. I currently co teach INDG 6600: Indigenous Knowledge in the Phd Program. 

 

Associate Professor, Paula Sherman

Areas of Supervision:

My work is focused primarily in the area of Indigenous histories, and Indigenous women. My focus has been on restoring Indigenous autonomy through historical research that is grounded in Indigenous methodologies and encompassing methods such as Indigenous performance, language, land based knowledge, orality, and archival or documentary sources. I will accept students who are working in the area of Indigenous history, Indigenous women, or other related fields.

 

Director of Studies, Doug Williams

Areas of Supervision:

I am an Anishnaabe member of the Mississaugas of Curve Lake First Nation, a Pipe carrier, a Sweat Lodge keeper and a ceremony leader.  I am very much interested in the ongoing study of Indigenous Knowledge in the academy and how that knowledge is applied at the community level. I am deeply concerned with the loss of Anishnaabe language. I co teach the core course in Indigenous Knowledge (INDG 6600), oversee the practicum field placement and the Bimaadiziwin/Atonhetseri:io options of the program, as well a guest lecturer for various under-graduate courses.