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Dr. Elizabeth Brulé

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender Studies, at Queen’s University, where I teach Institutional Ethnography; Social Organization of Knowledge; Indigenous feminist, anti-racist and anti-colonialist theory, and Indigenous feminist politics. Before coming to Queen’s, I was a faculty member in the Department of Equity Studies at York University. I am of Métis and Franco-Ontarian ancestry of the Mattawa-Ottawa territory of the Algonquin First Nations and the Métis Nation.

My current research focuses on Indigenous decolonization and resurgence practices including Indigenizing post-secondary curriculum, Indigenous youth activism and Missing and Murdered Women, Girls, Trans and Two-spirit persons. Grounded in Indigenous feminist and critical race theory and the social organization of knowledge scholarship, my area of specialization is in the field of comparative sociology in higher education with an analytic focus in critical pedagogical approaches to learning and alternative research methodologies, including Indigenous and anti-racist research methods and Institutional Ethnography. My present book project is an institutional ethnographic analysis of the ways in which marginalized student advocacy work intersects with the changing policies and practices of post-secondary neoliberal education reforms.

One of my most recent articles Cedar, Tea and Stories: Two Indigenous Women Scholars Talk About Indigenizing the Academy, was co-written with Ruth Kolezar-Green, and published in a 2018 Special Issue of Cultural and Pedagogical Inquiry (CPI), titled Spirit and Heart: Indigenous People contest the formal and lived curricula.

The REDress Project: Casting an Indigenous Feminist Worldview on Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Programs in Ontario’s Universities (Dispatch), was published in a 2018 Special Issue of Studies in Social Justice, titled Activist in Academy, Feminists in the Field: In Memoriam Jackie Kirk, 1968-2008.

My article Voices from the Margins: The Regulation of Student Activism in the New Corporate University was also published in a 2015 Special Issue of Studies in Social Justice, titled Scholar-Activist Terrain in Canada and Ireland II.