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Congratulations to PhD student, Marrissa Mathews, for receiving the Ontario Graduate Scholarship

Marrissa received the OGS to conduct work on Respectability and Reconciliation Politics within an Indigenous Context

Nov 08, 2017

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship provides funding to full-time students at the masters and doctoral levels. It is a merit based scholarship for students with an A- or above average.

Marissa research uses the theoretical lens of respectability politics to examine the concepts of reconciliation and the politics of resurgence and the politics of reconciliation. Respectability politics refers to the phenomenon of internal policing conducted by members of a racialized/oppressed group of people of the same group instead of holding settler/mainstream societies for not accepting difference.  Marissa uses the respectability politics to describe the ways which colonial violence manifests itself among colonized peoples. Specifically, she considers how policing occurs in a way that shames individuals who do not act or behave in accordance with settler/mainstream values. Additionally, her other research focuses on  Indigenous resistances and resurgences, anarchist theory, decolonial education practices and critical education pedagogy. In her dissertation, she will be examining Indigenous-focused charter schools in Hawaii, New Zealand and Canada.  

All the best Marissa in your PhD studies!!