Associate Professor, Political Science and First Nations and Indigenous Studies

Sheryl Lightfoot (PhD Minnesota) is Canada Research Chair of Global Indigenous Rights and Politics, and Associate Professor in both First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Political Science at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include global Indigenous peoples’ rights and politics, Indigenous diplomacy, social movements, and critical international relations. She publishes articles in both Indigenous studies and international relations venues. Her book, “Indigenous Global Politics” was published in 2016, and is an extension of her PhD dissertation which won the 2010 Best Dissertation Award in Race and Ethnic Politics from the American Political Science Association. She is Anishinaabe from the Lake Superior Band of Ojibwe.

For additional information please view my profile with the First Nations and Indigenous Studies here.

I am interested in supervising graduate students doing research in Indigenous politics, especially on the transnational and global levels.

Ph.D. Supervisions
Jan Lüdert, International Relations and Political Theory
Jessica Rosinski, International Relations and Poltical Theory (Co-Supervisor with Barbara Arneil)

Ph.D. Committee Member
Shayna Plaut, Education Studies
Jason Tockman, Comparative Politics, Dissertation Title: “Indigenous Autonomy, Citizenship and the Contemporary Bolivian State.”

“Indigenous-Canadian Relations at the Sesquicentennial: An Opportunity for Real and Lasting Transformation,” in Policy Transformation in Canada: Is the Past Prologue? Edited by Carolyn Hughes Tuohy, Sophie Borwein, Peter Loewen and Andrew Potter (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019) 124-131.

“Implementing the UN Declaration: The View from Canada” in Conversations about Indigenous Rights: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand. Edited by Selwyn Katene and Rawiri Taonui (Massey University Press, New Zealand, 2018) 75-92.

“A Promise Too Far?: The Justin Trudeau Government and Indigenous Rights” in Canada Among Nations, eds. Norman Hillmer and Phillipe Lagasse (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018) 165-186.

Global Indigenous Politics: A Subtle Revolution. Routledge (UK), 2016.

“Indigenous Mobilisation and Activism in the UN System,” in Routledge Handbook of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, edited by Damien Short and Corinne Lennox, 2016.

“Settler State Apologies to Indigenous Peoples: A Normative Framework and Comparative Assessment.” Native American and Indigenous Studies 2 (2015): 15-39.

“Marge Anderson: Restoring the Treaty Rights of the Mille Lacs Band,” in “Our Cause Will Ultimately Triumph” Profiles in American Indian Sovereignty, ed. Tim Alan Garrison (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2014), 143-156.

“Selective Endorsement Without Intent to implement: Indigenous Rights and the Anglosphere.” The International Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 16, No. 1, January 2012, pp. 100-122.

“Emerging International Indigenous Rights Norms and ‘Over-Compliance’ in New Zealand and Canada.” Political Science, Vol. 62, No. 1, June 2010, pp. 84-104.

Book Review: “Broken Landscape: Indians, Indian Tribes and the Constitution” by Frank Pommersheim; Oxford: Oxford University Press. Law and Politics Book Review, 2010.

Book Review: “Forced Federalism: Contemporary Challenges to Indigenous Nationhood” by Jeff Corntassel and Richard C. Witmer II; Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press. Social Science Journal, Vol. 46, No. 1, March 2009, pp. 220-222.

Co-authored with David E. Wilkins. “Oaths of Office in Tribal Constitutions: Swearing Allegiance, but to Whom?” American Indian Quarterly, Vol. 32, No. 4, Fall 2008, pp. 389-411.

“Indigenous Rights in International Politics: The Case of “Over-Compliant” Liberal States.” Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, Vol. 33, No. 1, Spring 2008, pp. 83-104.