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Ronald Niezen

Full Professor
Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy
Faculties of Law and of Arts  

2001 McGill College Ave
Suite 750, room 16
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1G1

514-398-6629 [Office]
514-398-7476 [Fax]
ronald [dot] niezen [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

 Ronald Niezen


Law Focus online, November 2013: Meet Professor Ronald Niezen, our new Pearson Chair.


Biography

Ronald Niezen holds the Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy in the faculties of Law and of Arts, a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in the Anthropology of Law, and is a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Anthropology.

Professor Niezen researches and teaches in the areas of political and legal anthropology, indigenous peoples and human rights. He is an anthropologist with wide ranging research experience: with the Songhay of Mali, the Cree communities of Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba, and the Sami of northern Europe. 

Professor Niezen has taught legal anthropology and anthropological theory at the Faculty of Law and the Anthropology Department of McGill University. He has taught for nine years at Harvard University and held visiting positions at the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg and the Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University, Finland.  Professor Niezen earned his B.A. in Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. He completed his M.Phil. and Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, England.

His research has been funded notably by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Research Chair programme and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Infrastructure Fund.

His most recent books are The Origins of Indigenism: Human Rights and the Politics of Difference (University of California Press, 2003), A World Beyond Difference: Cultural Identity in the Age of Globalization (Blackwell, 2004), The Rediscovered Self: Indigenous Identity and Cultural Justice (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009), Public Justice and the Anthropology of Law (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Truth and Indignation: Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools (University of Toronto Press, October 2013).

Education

1983 - 1987 University of Cambridge, England. PhD, Social Anthropology.

1982 - 1983 University of Cambridge, England. M.Phil,  Social Anthropology.

1979 - 1981 University of British Columbia. B.A. (Honours),  Anthropology (Summa Cum Laude).

Employment

Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy in the Faculties of Law and of Arts. June 2013 – present.

Professor, Department of Anthropology, McGill University. 2008 – present.

Chair, Department of Anthropology, McGill University. July 2009 – 2012

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, McGill University. 2005 – 2008

Visiting Professor.  Department of Anthropology, Mcgill University. 2004 – 2005

Guest Researcher, Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. 2003 – 2004

Visiting Senior Researcher, Turku Law School and the Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University, Turku/Åbo, Finland. 2001 – 2003

Research Scholar, Department of History, University of Winnipeg. 1998 – 2000

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University. 1997 – 1998

Associate Professor of Anthropology and of Social Studies, Harvard University. 1994 – 1997

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and of Social Studies, Harvard University. 1989 – 1994

Areas of interest

Political/legal anthropology, Indigenous peoples and human rights, the social study of new media, History of anthropology/social theory, Social change in Africa

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