Michelle Stewart is an Associate Professor in the Department of Justice Studies where she teaches in the area of social justice and research methods on Treaty 4 Territory. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of California Davis in 2011 where she focused on political and legal anthropology. Her dissertation research explored contemporary policing practices in Canada with attention to programs and training that rely on collaborations between community, police and other agencies. Her forthcoming book manuscript entitled Pedagogies of the State: Capture, Collaboration and Contestation in Late Neoliberalism is currently in review.
Her current research expands on her interest in the anthropology of the state to include medical anthropology with attention to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) where she investigates how FASD is understood in particular communities of practice. The first phase of the project focused on the ways that police understand and mobilize their understandings of FASD. The second phase of her research turned attention to the ways in which advocates and mentors mobilize health information about FASD in various settings (including social services, criminal justice, health, education and community settings). In 2017 she hosted a national symposium on the TRC Calls to Action focused on FASD. She is involved in multiple collaborations including an international project focused on strengths-based approaches to understanding FASD including the development of free community and family resources (see improvenabled.ca to learn more).