Sarah Hunt joined FNIS and the Department of Geography in July 2015 as Assistant Professor of Critical Indigenous Geographies. She is Kwagiulth (Kwakwaka’wakw) from Tsaxis, and has spent most of her life as a guest in Lkwungen territories. Sarah’s scholarship in Indigenous and legal geographies critically takes up questions of justice, gender, self-determination, and the spatiality of Indigenous law. Her writing and research emerge within the networks of community relations that have fostered her analysis as a community-based researcher, with a particular focus on issues facing women, girls, and Two-Spirit people.
Dr. Hunt received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Victoria and her Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University. She was awarded a Governor General’s Gold Medal for her doctoral dissertation, which investigated the relationship between law and violence in ongoing neocolonial relations in BC, asking how violence gains visibility through Indigenous and Canadian socio-legal discourse and action. She continues to build on this work, exploring geographies of resistance and resurgence in the intimate, everyday relations of Indigenous people and communities.
Sarah’s writing has been published in numerous books and scholarly journals, as well as in popular media outlets such as mediaINDIGENA.com, decolonization.org and Op Eds for the Globe and Mail and CBC Aboriginal. Her most recent publications on Indigenous and decolonial thought include “Everyday Decolonization:living a decolonizing queer politics” (2015, co-authored with Dr. Cindy Holmes, in Journal of Lesbian Studies) and “Ontologies of Indigeneity: the politics of embodying a concept” (2014 in Cultural Geographies).
Dr. Hunt is co-editor of ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies.
Her most recent publications can be found at ubc.academia.edu/SarahHunt