I am a full professor of political science at the University of Guelph, Canada.
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.
The Sleeping Giant Awakens: Genocide, Indian Residential Schools, and the Challenge of Conciliation (University of Toronto Press, 2019) https://utorontopress.com/us/the-sleeping-giant-awakens-4 Finalist for the “best subsequent” book prize for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. Finalist for the Donald Smiley Prize of the Canadian Political Science Association, for the best book in Canadian government and politics.
Populism and World Politics: Exploring Inter and Transnational Dimensions Co-Edited with D Nabers and F Stengel (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783030046200
Comparative Politics: Integrating Theories, Methods, and Cases, First Canadian Edition Co-authored with T. Dickovick and J. Eastwood (Oxford University Press, 2020) http://www.oupcanada.com/catalog/9780199026548.html
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 an active SSHRC Insight Grant as Principal Investigator:
"Complex Sovereignties: Theory and Practice of Indigenous-Self Determination in Settler States and the International System” (with Sheryl Lightfoot)
I am also a co-applicant on these grants:
“Decolonizing Settler States: Unravelling Systemic Blockages to Indigenous Rights in State Institutions and Civil Society,” (Sheryl Lightfoot at UBC is PI; 2021-24)
“Transformative Memory: Strengthening an International Network” SSHRC Partnership Development Grant (Pilar Riano-Alcala at UBC is PI; 2018-21).
I have also worked with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, the NGO Facing History and Ourselves, and the Mosaic Institute in Toronto.
Please email me if you are interested in graduate supervision at the University of Guelph.