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Dr. Nisha Nath

Dr. Nisha Nath

Associate Professor, Equity Studies, MAIS

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I’m an Associate Professor of Equity Studies (she/they) in the MAIS program and am based in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton). Trained as a political scientist (Canadian Politics and Gender & Politics), my research and collaborations are intentionally interdisciplinary. I take a critical approach to citizenship, as I focus on the politics of race and racism, security and relational securitization in and across custodial/carceral spaces, and the implications for decolonial and antiracist politics in settler colonial states.

I teach three core courses within the MAIS program (MAIS 602, MAIS 663, MAIS 635), and engage in coordination work and collaborative course writing in Political Science at AU.

In addition to my ongoing work on relational securitization in Canada, I continue to engage in several research projects and collaborations, including but not limited to:

  • A SSHRC-funded interdisciplinary project with Dr. Willow Samara Allen (UVic) on settler colonial socialization of public sector workers in BC and Alberta. In this ongoing work ("Documenting discretion: Shedding light on settler colonial socialization in public sector work"), we centre the knowledge of Indigenous and racialized public sector workers and document the impacts and mechanisms of discretionary power in decision making across public sector roles, sectors and jurisdictions.
  • A collaborative book project on epistolary relationalities in the academe with The Letters: Writing Lives Through and Against the University with Dr. Davina Bhandar (AU), Dr. Rita Dhamoon (UVic), and Dr. Anita Girvan (AU). This book is under contract with Fernwood.
  • A co-edited collection entitled Feministing in Political Science: A Manifesta for Change (University of Alberta Press) - with Dr. Stephanie Paterson (Concordia), Dr. Ethel Tungohan (York), Dr. Fiona MacDonald (UNBC), and Dr. Alana Cattapan (Waterloo).
  • Collaborator with Dr. Anita Girvan, Dr. Davina Bhandar and Dr. Rita Dhamoon on the Insurgent Resurgent Knowledges Lab (IRK Lab).
  • Producer of the podcast Academic Aunties with host Dr. Ethel Tungohan, and producer Wayne Chu.

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Educational credentials

  • PhD - University of Alberta (Political Science)
  • MA - Carleton University (Political Science)
  • BA - University of Alberta

Professional affiliations

  • Section Editor, Studies in Social Justice
  • Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Political Science
  • Editorial Committee, AU Press
  • Publications Committee, Scholarly Book Awards (ASPP)