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Janelle Marie Baker

Associate professor, Athabasca University

Janelle Baker's research specializations include ethnography of contamination, environmental and ecological anthropology, ethnobiology and ethnoecology, post-humanism and the anthropocene, anthropology of food, food sovereignty, political ecology, and ethnographic writing. Her research is an ongoing collaboration with Bigstone Cree Nation on sakâwiyiniwak (Northern Bush Cree) experiences with wild food contamination in Alberta’s oil sands region. This research involves community based environmental monitoring for the health of water and moose in Bigstone Cree Nation territory. They are also recording local indicators for climate change and considering Boreal forest food identity. She is co-PI on a project called “Plural perspectives on Bighorn Country: Restor(y)ing land use governance and bull trout population health in Alberta,” funded by the SSHRC New Frontiers Exploration Stream.


  • 2018–present
    Assistant Professor, Athabasca University


  • 2018 
    McGill University , PhD


2019 Canadian Association for Graduate Studies Proquest Distinguished Dissertation Award