Kim Anderson

Kim Anderson, Associate Professor
Associate Professor
Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 x58027
Macdonald Institute, Room 227A

Research interests : Indigenous gender, families and well-being; urban Indigenous peoples.

Department affiliation: FRHD

Description of research: I am an Indigenous (Metis) scholar and have spent most of my career working for Indigenous family well-being in Canada. The majority of my scholarship is qualitative, community engaged, interdisciplinary and applied; much of it employs oral history and Indigenous research methodologies. I have published on Indigenous mothering, Indigenous feminism, Indigenous masculinities, and Indigenous knowledge in urban settings. I have an evolving interest in arts based and land based methods of research. I am well suited to supervising students studying Indigenous families, Indigenous relationships, social and environmental justice, community building through Indigenous ways of knowing, and/or gender and Indigeneity.

Accepting graduate students:

Fall 2018: Yes

Fall 2019: Yes

Researh Interests 

My research has been primarily about the health and well-being of Indigenous families in Canada, and includes publishing in the following areas: Indigenous health and social well-being; gender and Indigenous peoples; Indigenous masculinities; Indigenous feminisms; Indigenous identity; Indigenous youth; Indigenous traditional knowledge; Indigenous environmental knowledge; and urban Indigenous peoples. I employ Indigenous and qualitative methods, and am beginning to apply more arts based methods in my work. I have conducted several research projects in collaboration with the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC); most recently on projects about Indigenous knowledge transfer in urban communities and gender and life stage factors in urban Indigenous governance.  I have evolving research and teaching interests in land based education in urban settings as we as initiatives around “Indigenizing” the academy.

PhD (History) – University of Guelph, 2010

Masters (Adult Education, Sociology and Equity Studies) – OISE/University of Toronto, 1997

Anderson, Kim, Maria Campbell and Christi Belcourt, Eds. Keetsahnak / Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2018.

Anderson, Kim. A Recognition of Being: Reconstructing Native Womanhood, 2nd EditionToronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2016.

Innes, Robert A. and Kim Anderson, Eds. Indigenous Men and Masculinities: Legacies, Identities, Regeneration. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2015.

Lavell-Harvard, Memee and Kim Anderson, Eds. Mothers of the Nations: Indigenous Mothering as Global Resistance, Reclaiming, Recovery. Bradford, ON: Demeter Press, 2014.

Anderson, Kim. Life Stages and Native Women: Memory, Teachings, and Story Medicine. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2011.

What are the qualities of a student who would be successful in your lab?

  • I do a lot of community based research with Indigenous peoples and communities; experience in this area is very helpful. Writing skills and creativity are important in all the work that I do. Enthusiasm and hard work are much appreciated!

How would you describe your mentoring style? 

  • I like to meet with students in person and host bi-weekly research team meetings in my office at Guelph.

Is there anything else you’d like your potential students to know? 

  • Indigenous students will have access to distinct funding opportunities at Guelph and through Indigenous mentorship and networking grants.

I am working on projects in the following areas: Indigenous men and masculinities; land based learning in urban settings; Indigenizing the campus at Guelph; integrating Indigenous knowledge and Indigenizing campus activity in Ecuador.