Glen Coulthard

Assistant Professor

Office: BUCH E-263, 1866 Main Mall
Office phone: 604-822-2880
Email: gsc(at)

Link to Glen Coulthard at First Nations Studies

Glen Coulthard is an assistant professor in the First Nations Studies Program and the Department of Political Science. Glen has written and published numerous articles and chapters in the areas of contemporary political theory, indigenous thought and politics, and radical social and political thought (marxism, anarchism, post-colonialism). His most recent work on Frantz Fanon and the politics of recognition won Contemporary Political Theory’s Annual Award for Best Article of the Year in 2007. He is Yellowknives Dene.

Currently Teaching

POLI 406 (January 2010): Aboriginal Peoples and Canadian Politics – Indigenous Peoples and the “Politics of Recognition” in Colonial Contexts.

The last forty years has witnessed the self-determination efforts and objectives of Indigenous peoples in Canada increasingly framed in the language of “recognition”: recognition of Indigenous cultural and national distinctiveness, recognition of Indigenous rights to land and self-government, and recognition of the right of Indigenous peoples to benefit from the use and development of their lands and resources. This course will critically explore the theoretical, racial, political-economic, and gendered dynamics underwriting the “politics of recognition” when applied to Indigenous-state relations in Canada. The course will be structured as a seminar and will include lectures, videos, student presentations, group discussions, and guest lectures. Readings surveyed will include work by Frantz Fanon, Taiaiake Alfred, Kim Anderson, Andrea Smith, Richard Day, Charles Taylor, Will Kymlicka, Nancy Fraser, James Tully, and others. 




Graduate Supervision


Recent Publications

Co-edited with Andrée Boisselle, Avigail Eisenberg, and Jeremy Webber. Recognition and Self-Determination. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, forthcoming. 

“Indigenous Peoples and the Politics of Recognition.” Frances Negron- Muntaner (ed.) Sovereign Acts. Boston: South End Press, 2009. (Revised reprint of “Subjects of Empire” Contemporary Political Theory 6:4, 2007).

“Resisting Culture: Seyla Benhabib’s Deliberative Approach to the Politics of Recognition in Colonial Contexts.” David Kahane, Dominique Leydet, Daniel Weinstock, and Melissa Williams (eds.) Realizing Deliberative Democracy. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2009.

“Beyond Recognition: Indigenous Self-Determination as Prefigurative Practice.” Leanne Simpson (ed.) Lighting the Eighth Fire: The Liberation, Resurgence, and Protection of Indigenous Nations. Winnipeg: Arbeiter Ring Press, 2008.

“Review: Dale Turner, This is Not a Peace Pipe: Towards a Critical Indigenous Philosophy.” University of Toronto Quarterly (2008).

“Subjects of Empire: Indigenous Peoples and the ‘Politics of Recognition’ in Canada.”  (Feature Article: Theory and Practice) Contemporary Political Theory 6:4, 2007. Winner of the Contemporary Political Theory Prize for Best Article of the Year, 2007.

Co-edited with Gerald Taiaiake Alfred and Deborah Simmons. New Socialist: Special Issue on Indigenous Resurgence.  Issue no. 5


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