Jennifer Adese

Jennifer Adese

Canada Research Chair in Métis Women, Politics, and Identity & Associate Professor Sociology
Office Location:
3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga , ON
L5L 1C6

Jennifer Adese (otipemisiw/Métis) was awarded her PhD from McMaster University in 2012. Her research sits at the intersection of the broader field 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 currently at work on a book project under contract with UBC 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 the forthcoming A People and a Nation: New Directions in Contemporary Métis Studies (UBC Press); she is also co-editor (with Dr. Robert Alexander Innes) of the forthcoming Indigenous Celebrity: Entanglements with Fame (University of Manitoba Press).

She is the recipient of a SSHRC Insight Development Grant titled “‘No one else can speak for us’: Métis Women's Political Organizing, 1970s-Present,” examining Métis women’s experiences of nationalist political organization and activism over the past 50 years. So is also a Collaborator (PI: Andrea Doucet, Brock University) on a large cross-institutional and organizational SSHRC Partnership Grant titled “What is the Best Policy Mix for Diverse Canadian Families with Young Children? Re-imagining Family 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 second term as an Editorial Board Member of the Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) journal.

Adese, Jennifer. “The Trouble with the Town: Reading for Peoplehood in Métis Children’s Literature.” University of Toronto Quarterly 89.1 (2020): 107-125.

Adese, Jennifer, Zoe Todd, and Shaun Stevenson. “Mediating Métis Identity: An Interview with Jennifer Adese and Zoe Todd.” MediaTropes 7.1 (2017): 1-25.

Adese, Jennifer. “The New People: Reading for Peoplehood in Métis Literatures." Studies in American Indian Literatures 28.4 (2016). 53-79.

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

Adese, Jennifer. "A Tale of Two Constitutions: Métis Nationhood and Section 35(2)’s Impact on Interpretations of Daniels." Topia 36 (2016): 7-19.

Adese, Jennifer. "Behaving Unexpectedly in Expected Places: First Nations Artists and the Embodiment of Visual Sovereignty." More Will Sing Their Way to Freedom: Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 2015.

Adese, Jennifer. "Spirit gifting: Ecological knowing in Métis life narratives." Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society 3.3 (2014): 48-66.

Adese, Jennifer. “Colluding with the Enemy? Nationalism and Depictions of ‘Aboriginality’ in Canadian Olympic Moments.” American Indian Quarterly 36.4 (2012): 479-502.

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

Adese, Jennifer. “Constructing the Aboriginal Terrorist: Depictions of Aboriginal Protestors, the Caledonia Reclamation, and Canadian Neoliberalization.” Engaging Terror: A Critical and Interdisciplinary Approach. Eds. Marianne Vardalos et al. Boca Raton: Brown Walker Press, 2009. 275-286.

Adese, Jennifer. “Creatively Misguided: Richard Florida’s Work and the City of Toronto.” Politics and Culture 1.2 (2007).


Indigenous Studies, Métis Studies, Race, Racism, and Racialization, Indigenous Feminisms, Indigenous Resistance Movements, Colonization and Decolonization, Literary Criticism
Current Courses: 
SOC302H5, SOC348H5
Ph.D. (Department of English & Cultural Studies, McMaster University)