Jennifer Adese

Jennifer Adese

Canada Research Chair in Métis Women, Politics, and Identity & Associate Professor

Jennifer Adese (otipemisiwak/Métis) holds a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Métis Women, Politics, and Community. Her research sits at the intersection of Indigenous Studies, as well as Métis Studies, Cultural Studies, Visual Sociology, and Critical Race Theory. Prior to joining UTM in 2018, Professor Adese was Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Indigenous Studies in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University.

She is the author of Aboriginal™: The Cultural and Economic Politics of Recognition (2022) from University of Manitoba Press. The book project is a discursive analysis of the term “Aboriginal” and its rise to popular cultural and economic parlance in the wake of the 1982 Canadian Constitution’s entrenchment of Aboriginal rights. She is co-editor (with Dr. Chris Andersen) of A People and a Nation: New Directions in Contemporary Métis Studies (2021)(UBC Press) of the fully Métis authored volume devoted to examining the complexity of historical and contemporary Métis peoplehood and nationhood. In addition, she is co-editor (with Dr. Robert Alexander Innes) of Indigenous Celebrity: Entanglements with Fame (2021) (University of Manitoba Press), a first-of-its-kind multidisciplinary collection of chapters that speaks to the possibilities, challenges, and consequences of popular forms of recognition, while also engaging with Indigenous nation-specific understandings of both mainstream and Indigenous celebrity.

She is also the recipient of a SSHRC Insight Development Grant titled “‘No one else can speak for us’: Métis Women's Political Organizing, 1970s-Present” (2019-2022) examining Métis women’s experiences with and perceptions of Indigenous politics over the past 50 years. So is also a Co-Investigator (PI: Andrea Doucet, Brock University) on a large cross-institutional and organizational 7-year SSHRC Partnership Grant titled Reimagining Care/Work Policies, where she will contribute research on Métis women’s experiences with Canadian child care policies. Professor Adese was previously a Co-Investigator on a 2-year (2018-2020) cross-institutional CIHR grant titled “Ehawawisit (With Child): Maternal and Perinatal Health Outcomes among the Métis in Alberta and the Influence of Proximal, Intermediate, and Distal Determinants of Health.”

Professor Adese is currently in her third term as an Editorial Board Member of the Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) journal.

Ph.D. (Department of English & Cultural Studies, McMaster University)


Selected Publications

Adese, Jennifer. 2022. “Extinguishing the Dead: Colonial Anxieties and Metis Scrip at the Fringe of Focus.” Pp. 88-103 in Allotment Stories: Indigenous Land Relations Under Settler Siege, edited by Daniel Heath Justice and Jean M. O’Brien. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Adese, Jennifer. 2021. “Restoring the Balance: Métis Women and Contemporary Nationalist Political Organizing.” Pp. 115-145 in A People and a Nation: New Directions in Contemporary Métis Peoplehood, edited by Jennifer Adese and Chris Andersen. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.

Adese, Jennifer and Malissa Phung. 2021. “Where Are We From?: Decolonizing Indigenous and Refugee Relations.” Pp. 117-142 in Refugee States: Critical Refugee Studies in Canada, edited by Vinh Nguyen and Thy Phu. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.

Adese, Jennifer. 2020. “The Trouble with the Town: Reading for Peoplehood in Métis Children’s Literature.” University of Toronto Quarterly 89(1):107-125.

Adese, Jennifer, Zoe Todd, and Shaun Stevenson. 2017. “Mediating Métis Identity: An Interview with Jennifer Adese and Zoe Todd.” MediaTropes 7(1):1-25.

Adese, Jennifer. 2016. "A Tale of Two Constitutions: Métis Nationhood and Section 35(2)’s Impact on Interpretations of Daniels." Topia36:7-19.

Adese, Jennifer. 2016. “The New People: Reading for Peoplehood in Métis Literatures." Studies in American Indian Literatures 28(4):53-79.

Adese, Jennifer. 2016. "You Just Censored Two Native Artists”: Diseased Logics and Anti-Olympic Resistance." Public 27(53):35-48.

Adese, Jennifer. 2015. "Behaving Unexpectedly in Expected Places: First Nations Artists and the Embodiment of Visual Sovereignty." In More Will Sing Their Way to Freedom: Indigenous Resistance and Resurgenceedited by Elaine Coburn. Black Point, NS: Fernwood Publishing.

Adese, Jennifer. 2014. "Spirit Gifting: Ecological Knowing in Métis Life Narratives." Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society 3(3):48-66.

Adese, Jennifer. 2012. “Colluding with the Enemy? Nationalism and Depictions of ‘Aboriginality’ in Canadian Olympic Moments.” American Indian Quarterly 36(4):479-502.

Adese, Jennifer. 2011. “'R’ is for Métis: Contradictions in Scrip and Census and the Emergence of New Métis Narratives of Identity.” Topia 25:34-42.

Adese, Jennifer. 2009. “Constructing the Aboriginal Terrorist: Depictions of Aboriginal Protestors, the Caledonia Reclamation, and Canadian Neoliberalization.” Engaging Terror: A Critical and Interdisciplinary Approach, edited by M. Vardalos, G.K. Letts, H.M. Teixeira, A. Karzai, and J. Haig. Boca Raton, FL: BrownWalker Press.


Indigenous Studies; Métis Studies; Race, Racism, and Racialization; Indigenous Feminisms; Indigenous Resistance Movements; Colonization and Decolonization; Literary Criticism
Current Courses
SOC348H5, SOC388H5