Assistant Professor
University of Washington, 2015, PhD
University of Victoria, MA
Queen’s University, BA


Michelle Daigle is Mushkegowuk (Swampy Cree) and a member of Constance Lake First Nation, located in the Treaty 9 territory. She is interested in bringing Geography into critical dialogue with Indigenous Studies to examine colonial-capitalist dispossession (particularly through exploitative extractive development), and Indigenous movements for decolonization and self-determination.

Dr. Daigle received her Ph.D. in geography from the University of Washington. Her doctoral work examined how Indigenous land-based food practices, such as hunting and trapping, challenge colonial territorial boundaries while cultivating a multi-scalar decolonial politics that reclaims Indigenous political and legal authorities, and governance practices. Her current research examines resource exploitation and gendered forms of dispossession and violence within Indigenous communities in settler colonial contexts (particularly in her home territory- Mushkegowuk territory). Simultaneously, she is interested in the spatial and gendered politics of Indigenous water governance, as they are entangled in colonial capitalist developments.

Some of her most recent publications include “Tracing the terrain of Indigenous food sovereignties “(2017, The Journal of Peasant Studies), and “Awawanenitakik: The spatial politics of recognition and relational geographies of Indigenous self‐determination” (2016, The Canadian Geographer). Her publications can be found at:


Fields of Concentration

Indigenous geographies; decolonial geographies; settler colonialism; Indigenous resurgence and self-determination; geographies of resource extraction; Indigenous feminism; Indigenous food sovereignty; theories of race


NAYLOR, L., DAIGLE, M., ZARAGOCIN, S., RAMIREZ, M. and GILMARTIN, M. 2018 ‘Intervention: Bringing the Decolonial to Political Geography’ Political Geography DOI: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2017.11.002



DAIGLE, M. 2017 ‘Tracing the terrain of Indigenous food sovereigntiesThe Journal of Peasant Studies DOI: 10.1080/03066150.2017.1324423

DAIGLE, M. and SUNDBERG, J. 2017 ‘From where we stand: Unsettling geographical knowledges in the classroom’ Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 42(3), 338-341



DAIGLE, M. 2016 ‘Awawanenitakik: The spatial politics of recognition and relational geographies of Indigenous self-determination’ The Canadian Geographer 60(2), 259-269


Winter 2018

GEOG121 Geography, Environment and Globalization Sections

Human geography of the modern world with particular attention to human-environment relationships, urbanization, and regional growth; trade and communications; environment and war; environmental governance and sustainability.

Winter 2018

GEOG446A Topics in Geography - TOPICS IN GEOG Sections

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