Jennifer Adese


Office: 725 Spadina


Jennifer Adese

Associate Professor


Jennifer Adese (otipemisiw/Métis) was awarded her PhD from McMaster University in 2012. 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. 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.

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.” Her second major sole-authored book project in development focuses on Métis literature and peoplehood. In a related vein, she is also engaged in long-term research on the history of Métis women’s political organizing, and is actively engaged with Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak – Women of the Métis Nation (LFMO-WMN), the national political advocacy body lobbying the federal government on behalf of Métis women.

Professor Adese is co-editor on two forthcoming volumes. First, she is co-editor, with Chris Andersen and Adam Gaudry, of New Directions in Métis Peoplehood, forthcoming with UBC Press. Professor Adese is also co-editor with Robert Alexander Innes of Indigenous Celebrity, in development for University of Manitoba Press. Professor Adese is 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. The project is a collaborative effort with the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) and various Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers and is focused on examining the current state of maternal and perinatal health among Métis in Alberta.


Recent Publications

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

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.