Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy
Faculties of Law and of Arts
Chancellor Day Hall
Canada H3A 1W9
ronald.niezen [at] mcgill.ca (Email)
Law Focus online, November 2013: Meet Professor Ronald Niezen, our new Pearson Chair.
Ronald Niezen is the Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy in the faculties of Law and of Arts, and is a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Anthropology. He also holds the Canada Research Chair in the Comparative Study of Indigenous Rights and Identity. He was selected as the William Lyon Mackenzie King Chair for Canadian Studies, Harvard University, for 2018-2019.
Professor Niezen researches and teaches in the areas of political and legal anthropology, indigenous peoples and human rights. He is an anthropologist with wide ranging research experience: with the Songhay of Mali, the Cree communities of Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba, and the Sami of northern Europe.
Professor Niezen has taught legal anthropology and anthropological theory at the Faculty of Law and the Anthropology Department of McGill University. He has taught for nine years at Harvard University and held visiting positions at the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg and the Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Professor Niezen earned his B.A. in Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. He completed his M.Phil. and Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, England.
His research has been funded notably by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Research Chair programme and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Infrastructure Fund.
His most recent books are The Origins of Indigenism: Human Rights and the Politics of Difference (University of California Press, 2003), A World Beyond Difference: Cultural Identity in the Age of Globalization (Blackwell, 2004), The Rediscovered Self: Indigenous Identity and Cultural Justice (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009), Public Justice and the Anthropology of Law (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Truth and Indignation: Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools (University of Toronto Press, October 2013).
1983 - 1987 University of Cambridge, England. PhD, Social Anthropology.
1982 - 1983 University of Cambridge, England. M.Phil, Social Anthropology.
1979 - 1981 University of British Columbia. B.A. (Honours), Anthropology (Summa Cum Laude).
William Lyon Mackenzie King Chair for Canadian Studies, Harvard University. 2018 - 2019
Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy in the Faculties of Law and of Arts. June 2013 – present.
Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in the Comparative Study of Indigenous Rights and Identity. 2012 - 2019
Professor, Department of Anthropology, McGill University. 2008 – present.
Chair, Department of Anthropology, McGill University. July 2009 – 2012
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, McGill University. 2005 – 2008
Visiting Professor. Department of Anthropology, Mcgill University. 2004 – 2005
Guest Researcher, Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. 2003 – 2004
Visiting Senior Researcher, Turku Law School and the Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University, Turku/Åbo, Finland. 2001 – 2003
Research Scholar, Department of History, University of Winnipeg. 1998 – 2000
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University. 1997 – 1998
Associate Professor of Anthropology and of Social Studies, Harvard University. 1994 – 1997
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and of Social Studies, Harvard University. 1989 – 1994
Areas of interest
Political/legal anthropology, Indigenous peoples and human rights, the social study of new media, History of anthropology/social theory, Social change in Africa