Professor of Political Science and Research Leadership Chair for the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, University of Guelph

I am a full professor of political science, and the research leadership chair for the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph, Canada.

I am also the Series Editor (North America) Global Political Sociology - Palgrave MacMillan

In my work, I focus on Comparative Indigenous Politics in Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand, United States. I have also worked expensively 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.

My work is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and I have been successful in obtaining three grants since 2009, and co-applicant on another. From 1999-2002, I was Assistant Visiting Professor at the École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (now ESCP- Europe). In 2002, I began a permanent position in the Political Studies Department at the University of Otago, New Zealand. I joined the University of Guelph in 2007.

I have two active SSHRCC Insight Grants as Principal Investigator:

"Complex Sovereignties: Theory and Practice of Indigenous-Self Determination in Settler States and the International System” (with Sheryl Lightfoot)

“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?”

My research output includes:
• 3 sole authors books + 2 editions of a co-authored text book;
• 3 co-edited books;
• 21 Refereed Articles, 13 since coming to Guelph (includes 2 introductions and 1 review article);
• 26 Refereed Book Chapters, 18 since coming to Guelph (Includes 4 Introductions and 1 Conclusion);
• 1 co-edited academic journal special issue, 1 four-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, 60 since coming to Guelph;
• 5 drafts under review (4 book chapters, 1 journal article);
• Book contract offer for a sole-authored monograph Rollback, Resurgence, Reconciliation: The Canadian Settler State and Indigenous Genocide (University of Toronto Press) and a signed contract for the adaption of Dickovick and Eastwood’s US- focused text Comparative Politics: Integrating Theories, Methods, and Cases (Oxford University Press Canada contract signed).

Rollback, Resurgence, Reconciliation is based on interviews, data collection, primary and secondary research undertaken over the timelines of my current and previous SSHRCC grants.

I have also worked with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, the NGO Facing History and Ourselves, and am engaged in collaborative research with the Mosaic Institute in Toronto. With Mosaic I am administering a survey for South Asian and Caribbean communities on topics dealing with reconciliation. The project is “Communities of Colour and Reconciliation in Canada” (http://mosaicinstitute.ca/research-page/cocrec/). I worked with Keith Neumann from Environics to compose the survey, which is currently hosted on the Qualtrics platform (https://qsharingeu.eu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9tMxODNeANTZPGB).

Please email me if you are interested in graduate supervision at the University of Guelph.

Experience

  • 2007–present
    Professor of Political Science, University of Guelph
  • 2002–2007
    Senior lecturer, University of Otago
  • 1999–2002
    Assistant visiting professor, ESCP-EAP European School of Management

Education

  • 2001 
    London School of Economics, PhD International Relations
  • 1996 
    University of Ottawa, MA Political Science
  • 1995 
    Carleton University, BA Honours Political Science

Publications

  • 2016
    Do We Need Kiwi Lessons in Biculturalism? Considering the Usefulness of Aotearoa/New Zealand's Pākehā Identity in Re-Articulating Indigenous Settler Relations in Canada, Canadian Journal of Political Science, Volume 49, Issue 4
  • 2015
    Canada’s history wars: indigenous genocide and public memory in the United States, Australia, and Canada, Journal of Genocide Research, Volume 17, No 4
  • 2014
    Reforming Multiculturalism in a Bi-National Society: Aboriginal Peoples and the Search for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada, Canadian Journal of Sociology, Vol 39, No 1
  • 2013
    Reconciliation After Genocide in Canada: Towards a Syncretic Model of Democracy, AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples Volume 9, Number 1
  • 2012
    The Genocide Question and Indian Residential Schools in Canada (with G. Hudson), Canadian Journal of Political Science, Vol 45, No 2

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    “Complex Sovereignties: Theory and Practice of Indigenous-Self Determination in Settler States and the International System”
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    SSHRCC
  • 2013
    “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?”
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    SSHRCC
  • 2013
    “Embodying Empathy: Fostering Historical Knowledge and Caring Through a Virtual Indian Residential School”
    Role:
    C-Applicant
    Funding Source:
    SSHRCC
  • 2009
    “Indigenous People and the UN Genocide Convention: A Study of Indigenous Assimilation Policies in Canada”
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    SSHRCC

Professional Memberships

  • International Studies Association
  • Canadian Political Science Association