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Associate Professor of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph

Research Interests

My research has been primarily about the health and well-being of Indigenous families in Canada, and includes publishing in the following areas: Indigenous health and social well-being; gender and Indigenous peoples; Indigenous masculinities; Indigenous feminisms; Indigenous identity; Indigenous youth; Indigenous traditional knowledge; Indigenous environmental knowledge; and urban Indigenous peoples. I employ Indigenous and qualitative methods, and am beginning to apply more arts based methods in my work. I have conducted several research projects in collaboration with the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC); most recently on projects about Indigenous knowledge transfer in urban communities and gender and life stage factors in urban Indigenous governance. I have evolving research and teaching interests in land based education in urban settings as we as initiatives around “Indigenizing” the academy.


PhD (History) – University of Guelph, 2010

Masters (Adult Education, Sociology and Equity Studies) – OISE/University of Toronto, 1997

Recent Publications

Anderson, Kim, Maria Campbell and Christi Belcourt, Eds. Keetsahnak / Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2018.

Anderson, Kim. A Recognition of Being: Reconstructing Native Womanhood, 2nd Edition. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2016.

Innes, Robert A. and Kim Anderson, Eds. Indigenous Men and Masculinities: Legacies, Identities, Regeneration. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2015.

Lavell-Harvard, Memee and Kim Anderson, Eds. Mothers of the Nations: Indigenous Mothering as Global Resistance, Reclaiming, Recovery. Bradford, ON: Demeter Press, 2014.

Anderson, Kim. Life Stages and Native Women: Memory, Teachings, and Story Medicine. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2011.

Resume (PDF)

Guide For Prospective Students

What are the qualities of a student who would be successful in your lab?

I do a lot of community based research with Indigenous peoples and communities; experience in this area is very helpful. Writing skills and creativity are important in all the work that I do. Enthusiasm and hard work are much appreciated!
How would you describe your mentoring style?

I like to meet with students in person and host bi-weekly research team meetings in my office at Guelph.
Is there anything else you’d like your potential students to know?

Indigenous students will have access to distinct funding opportunities at Guelph and through Indigenous mentorship and networking grants.
Current projects

I am working on projects in the following areas: Indigenous men and masculinities; land based learning in urban settings; Indigenizing the campus at Guelph; integrating Indigenous knowledge and Indigenizing campus activity in Ecuador.