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Dr. Shiri Pasternak

Associate Professor
Research Director, Yellowhead Institute
JOR 823
416-979-5000 ext. 543507


Shiri Pasternak is Associate Professor in Criminology at Ryerson University in Toronto. She joined the faculty in July 2017. She is the author of Grounded Authority: the Algonquins of Barriere Lake Against the State, published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2017.

Shiri received her PhD from the Department of Planning and Geography at the University of Toronto in 2013. She then held a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Osgoode Law (2015-2016) and in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University in New York City (2013-2015). From 2016-2017, she held a post as Assistant Professor in the School for the Study of Canada at Trent University.

Shiri teaches courses in the Indigenous Justice stream and her research interests involve interdisciplinary approaches to Indigenous jurisdiction, resource economies, and Crown-First Nations’ relations. She publishes in the fields of legal and historical geography, settler colonial studies, political economy, and critical legal studies.


Univeristy Degree
University of Toronto PhD Geography
University of Victoria MA Cultural Social Political Thought
Concordia University BA (hons)


Course Code Course Title
CRM 400 Indigenous Governance and Justice
CRM 8103 Special Topics: Colonial Abolition

Refereed Journal Articles


[Winner, Western Political Science Association's Clay Morgan Award for Best Book in Environmental Political Theory, 2018; Honourable Mention, Charles Taylor Book Award, American Political Science Association, 2018; Honourable Mention, Association of Anthropology and Legal Association Book Prize, 2018; Winner, Canadian Studies Network Best Book 2017; Nominated, First Book Award, Native and Indigenous Studies Association, 2017]

Book Chapters

Policy Reports