Queen's University

Dr. Elizabeth Brulé

Professor, Department of Gender Studies
SEXUALITY AND GENDER, FEMINISM, INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES, POLITICS AND POLICY, RACE, SOCIAL JUSTICE, SOCIAL SCIENCES, CULTURAL STUDIES

Autobiography

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.

Most Recent Project

The REDress Project: Casting an Indigenous Feminist Worldview on Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Programs in Ontario's Universities (Dispatch)

cover for Studies In Social Justice journalWhen the call for submissions to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the death of feminist activist Jackie Kirk was released, I was struck by her legacy and the important work she had accomplished in advancing education for women and girls’ in conflict and post-conflict zones

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Other Projects

  • Voices from the Margins: The Regulation of Student Activism in the New Corporate University

    Social Justice journal (Vol 9 No 2, 2015)This article critically examines recent revisions to student codes of conduct in Ontario’s universities, by focusing specifically on York University. It illustrates how these policy changes have been informed by a new rights and responsibility discourse designed to reduce political conflict on campuses. Couched in terms of promoting student inclusion, fairness, and campus safety, this discourse works with managerial technologies to increase the surveillance and regulation of student political advocacy work.

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