Shiri Pasternak

Shiri Pasternak is an Assistant Professor at the School for the Study of Canada at Trent University.

She previously held a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Osgoode Law (2015-2016) and in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University in New York City (2013-2015). She holds a PhD from the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto, where she wrote a dissertation on the Algonquins of Barriere Lake’s resistance to the federal land claims policy in Canada from the perspective of Indigenous law and jurisdiction. She is a founding member of Barriere Lake Solidarity, a member of the Indigenous Sovereignty and Solidarity Network in Toronto, and an ally in the Defenders of the Land network. Her work has been published in a number of academic journals, including Antipode, Settler Colonial Studies, and the Canadian Journal of Law and Society, and her first book will be published by the University of Minnesota Press in Spring 2017.  It is titled: Grounded Authority: The Algonquins of Barriere Lake Against the State.

Her current research interests involves studying the risk of Indigenous rights in the natural resource extraction economy. She is a Co-Investigator with scholars at York University and Carleton University, as well as community partners Mining Watch and the Indigenous Network in Economies and Trade, in a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant called, “Reconciling Sovereignties: New Techniques for ‘Authorizing’ Extraction on Indigenous Territories.”

Contact me at shiri [dot] pasternak [at] gmail [dot] com

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