Mollie is a settler Canadian sociologist currently living and working on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek. Originally from Rothesay, New Brunswick, Mollie has spent most of her years on the unceded occupied territories of the Mi'kmaq (Mi'kma'ki). She studies Indigenous-settler relations, Indigenous social movements, Indigenous education, and is currently working toward her PhD with Jeff Denis as her supervisor.
Mollie has extensive experience conducting participatory action and community-based research, with past projects focusing on Indigenous student experiences in Eurocentric universities and resulting in real change on an institutional level. Mollie's Master's research investigated the pathways taken by some settler Canadians toward embracing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, particularly in the context of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission that came to an end in 2015. Her doctoral research will move beyond past approaches to understanding Indigenous-settler relations by focusing on the amenability of university settings to facilitating meaningful intergroup contact and settler “allyship” through both academic and extracurricular Indigenous programming. Guided by a participatory action research methodology, the project will address Indigenous university students and faculty as experts on settler “allyship”: their definitions of the concept will be used to determine if settler university students with ties to Indigenous student resource networks are meeting the necessary criteria. In the same vein, the project will determine how these settler students’ understandings of “allyship” are shaped by the disparate levels of Indigenous programming to which they have been exposed throughout their time at university.
PhD, Sociology, McMaster University - In Progress
MA, Sociology, McMaster University, 2016
BA, Sociology, Minor in English Literature, Mount Allison University, 2015
Sociology of Gender, McMaster University Department of Sociology, Winter 2017
Introduction to Sociology, McMaster University Department of Sociology, Fall 2016
Qualitative Research Methods, McMaster University Department of Sociology, Winter 2016
Social Class and Inequality, Mount Allison University Department of Sociology - September 2013 - April 2015
Sociology of Gender, Mount Allison University Department of Sociology - January 2014 - April 2014
Sociology of Youth, Mount Allison University Department of Sociology - September 2013 - December 2013
Academic Mentor – Mount Allison University Athletics – September 2013 – May 2014
Teaching Intern – Writing Resource Centre, Mount Allison University – September 2013 – May 2014
Teaching Intern – Purdy Crawford Centre for Teaching and Learning, Mount Allison University – October 2012 – April 2013