Erika Kindsfather is a doctoral student in Art History with a concentration in Gender and Women's Studies working under the supervision of Dr. Gloria Bell. Specializing in textiles, dress and contemporary material culture, her research investigates the intersections of fiber-based creative practices and activism in North America. Specifically, her doctoral project explores the development of textile studios in Inuit Nunangat since the mid-twentieth century and the politics of cross-cultural exchange. She is interested in social justice-oriented approaches to archival research.
Prior to her doctoral studies, Erika completed her Honours BA in Art History at McGill University and an MA in Art History at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Dr. T'ai Smith.
Erika's studies have been supported by the Max Stern Museum Fellowship.