Ronald Niezen


Ph.D Cambridge University, 1987

Curriculum vitae

Professor Niezen's research interests include: political/legal anthropology, Indigenous peoples and human rights, the social study of new media, History of anthropology/social theory, Social change in Africa

Representative Publications:

2013. Truth and Indignation: Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools. University of Toronto P ress. 173 pages.

2010. Public Justice and the Anthropology of Law. Cambridge University Press. 230 pages.

2009. The Rediscovered Self: Indigenous Identity and Cultural Justice.  Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press. 280 pages.

2008. Defending the Land; Sovereignty and Forest Life in James Bay Cree Society.  Second edition. New York: Prentice Hall.  122 pages.

Articles and Chapters

2014. “Gabriel Tarde’s Public.” Revue d'Histoire des Sciences Humaines. 27 (2): 41-59.

2014. “The Law’s Legal Anthropology” in Human Rights at the Crossroads, edited by Mark Goodale. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

2013. “Internet Suicide: Communities of Affirmation and the Lethality of Communication.” Transcultural Psychiatry. 50(2):303-22

2011 “Human Rights and Indigenous Religions,” in Religion and Human Rights, edited by John Witte and M. Christian Green. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press

2009 The Aufklärung’s Human Discipline: Comparative Anthropology According to Kant, Herder and W. von Humboldt.  Intellectual History Review.

2009 “Self-Destruction as a Way of Belonging: Understanding Cluster Suicides among Aboriginal Youth in Canada.”  In Healing Traditions: The Mental Health of Aboriginal Peoples, edited by Lawrence Kirmayer and Gail Valaskakis.  Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

2008 “The Global Indigenous Movement.” In Handbook of North American Indians: Indians in Contemporary Society,  edited by Garrick Bailey.Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution.

2008  “Postcolonialism and the Utopian Imagination.” In Postcolonial Theory and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, edited by Philip Salzman and Donna Robinson.  New York: Routledge.

2008 “Aboriginal and Indigenous Peoples, Treatment of.”   In Encyclopedia of Law and Society, edited by David S. Clark.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

2008 “Mali,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, edited by John Esposito.  Second edition (revised). Oxford:  Oxford University Press.