I am a full professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Guelph, and Research Leadership Chair for the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences. From 1999-2002, I was Assistant Visiting Professor at the École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (now ESCP-Europe), part of France’s Grande École system. From 2002-2007 I was a Lecturer, then Senrio Lecturer in the Political Studies Department at the University of Otago, New Zealand.
In my work, I focus on Comparative Indigenous Politics in Canada, New Zealand, United States. I have also worked extensively in the areas of International Relations, American foreign policy, Holocaust and genocide studies, and critical race theory. My mother's family is Trinidadian Indian and my father's family is originally from Scotland but goes back many generations in Nova Scotia. Since these roots have been important in my upbringing and influence the direction of my work, I inevitably bring a multicultural perspective to pressing issues in political science which I hope creates a useful angle through which to assess some aspects of international and domestic politics. Please feel free to have a look and explore my articles, chapters, and books, read my blog and check out my links page. You will also find information on my research grants from the Social Science and Humanities Council of Canada.
I am active on three SSHRCC Grants:
- "Complex Sovereignties: Theory and Practice of Indigenous-Self Determination in Settler States and the International System” Principal Investigator (with Sheryl Lightfoot 2017-2022)
- "Transformative Memory: Strengthening an International Network" Co-Applicant on a SSHRCC Partnership Development Grant (Pilar Riano-Alcala at UBC is PI) 2018-21; value $197,690).
- “Embodying Empathy: Fostering Historical Knowledge and Caring Through a Virtual Indian Residential School” Co-Applicant on a SSHRCC Partnership Development Grant (Andrew Woolford is PI) 2014-17; value $196,000).
My recent grants include:
“Indigenous People and the UN Genocide Convention: A Study of Indigenous Assimilation Policies in Canada” (SSHRCC Standard Research Grant 2009-13; value $97,165)
“Bi-Nationalism as a form of Aboriginal-Settler Reconciliation in a Multicultural Context: What Can Canada Learn from New Zealand's Model of Power-Sharing?” SSHRCC Insight Grant 2013-17; value $274,030)
“Embodying Empathy: Fostering Historical Knowledge and Caring Through a Virtual Indian Residential School” Co-Applicant on a SSHRCC Partnership Development Grant (Andrew Woolford is PI) 2014-17; value $196,000).
My research output includes:
- * 3 sole authors books + 2 editions of a co-authored text book;
- * 3 co-edited books;
- * 21 Refereed Articles, 11 since 2012 (includes 2 introductions and 1 review article);
- * 26 Refereed Book Chapters, 11 since 2012 (Includes 4 Introductions and 1 Conclusion);
- * 1 co-edited academic journal special issue, 1 three article symposium within another special issue;
- * Several articles in the Globe and Mail, National Post, and Winnipeg Free Press;
- * 72 Papers/Presentations at Conferences / Symposia / Roundtables / Public Lectures (72 Items; 45 since 2012);
- * Drafts Under Review (5 Items: 4 book chapters, 1 journal article);
- * Book contracts for a sole-authored monograph Rollback, Resurgence, Reconciliation: The Canadian Settler State and Indigenous Genocide (either UTP or UBC Press) and for the adaption of Dickovick and Eastwood’s US-focused text Comparative Politics: Integrating Theories, Methods, and Cases (Oxford University Press Canada).
If you'd like some more information or just want to say hello, please email me.