Yvonne Sherwood

Email: y.sherwood@utoronto.ca

UTM Office: MN6240

Yvonne Sherwood

Assistant Professor



Yvonne P. Sherwood (Ph.D.) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto, Mississauga.

Her work is grounded in and through Indigenous womxn’s organizing in frontline activism. She is Sp’q’n’iʔ (Spokane-Coeur d’Alene), and born and raised on the Yakama Nation Reservation in what is currently known as Washington State. Drawing from her lived experiences, Indigenous Sociology, Fourth World analysis, and Critical & Queer Indigenous Feminism she studies the politics of knowledge, race, and law with a focus on the interplay of settler colonialism, white supremacy, and heteropatriarchy. Her current project examines these dynamics drawing from the lived critiques of Indigenous womxn’s embodied knowledge on the frontlines of environmental and gender justice. Through her research and writing, she challenges the ways dominate settler colonial narratives stream and mobilize Indigenous Knowledge towards liberal ecological reform.

She served as a co-researcher with the Center of World Indigenous Studies (CWIS) on the Radiation Risk Assessment Action Project where she conducted background research and social analysis of the cultural and epidemiological effects of nuclear contamination. Outside and within academia, she has experience as an organizer and volunteer for various health, cultural, and social justice efforts. In 2019-20 she co-authored a CEBHC Native Youth Capacity Building Project report with Veronica Terriquez (PI). The project is an assessment of Native youth organizing needs in order to build and support healthy Native and Indigenous communities.


Ph.D., Sociology with a designated emphasis in Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

M.A., Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz

B.A., Sociology, Women’s & Gender Studies, Eastern Washington University

A.A., Direct Transfer Degree with Certificate in Ethnic Studies, Yakima Valley Community College

Selected Publications

Sherwood, Y.P. 2019. “The Political Binds of Oil versus Tribes,” Open Rivers: Rethinking Water, Place, & Community, no. 13. http://editions.lib.umn.edu/openrivers/article/the-political-binds-of-oil-versus- tribes/

Sherwood, Y.P. 2016. “Toward, With and From a Fourth World.” Fourth World Journal. 14(2):15-26

Sherwood, Y.P. 2017. Review of Prairie Rising: Indigenous Youth, Decolonization, and the Politics of Intervention by Jaskiran Dhillon. American Indian Culture and Research Journal 41(4): 148-151

Book Chapter in Preparation, Sherwood, Y.P. and Michelle Jacob. “Native American Feminist Theory and Praxis” in Oxford Handbook of Indigenous Sociology.