Paul Pritchard

Paul Pritchard (Red River Métis) is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. His dissertation research engages with the politics of home and belonging within the shifting landscape of Indigenous content curriculum in Canadian Higher-Education. He seeks to understand how differently-situated university students engage with and make-sense of the tensions, contradictions, and complexities of belonging and membership on the contested lands their learning takes place. Paul’s research interests are deeply entwined with his teaching and advocacy commitments. He is an award-winning teaching assistant and is active in developing curriculum and pedagogical practices informed by Indigenous ways of relating that challenge and de-naturalize settler-colonial forms of belonging to/in Canada. Paul’s graduate research has been generously supported by a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, a Mary H. Beatty Fellowship, a SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholarship (Masters), a Raymond Breton Graduate Scholarship, and his MA research received the R.F. Harney Award for Outstanding Conference Paper in 2017. He holds an MA (Sociology) from the University of Toronto and a BA (Sociology) from Dalhousie University. When not doing academic work, you can find Paul on adventures with his dog, working on his off-grid cabin, or getting his hands dirty in UTSC’s Indigenous Garden.