Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies
Heather Castleden

Heather Castleden

Graduate Chair, Department of Gender Studies
Canada Research Chair
Associate Professor

PhD (Human Geography), University of Alberta
MEd (Adult and Higher Education), University of Alberta
BA (Anthropology and Native Studies), University of Manitoba

Office: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, E330
Email: gndsgradchair@queensu.ca
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext.77216
Research interests: Knowledge production in Indigenous environment, health, and social justice activism

Dr Heather Castleden, whose ancestral roots are English and Scottish, holds the Canada Research Chair in Reconciling Relations for Health, Environments and Communities at Queen’s University where she is also Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning and the Director of the HEC Lab
 
As a white settler scholar on Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territories, she is grateful to live and work there, raise her family, and appreciate the beauty of the land and water around her. She acknowledges that this has only been made possible by the settler colonization of her ancestors and other Europeans, and the ongoing settler colonial state currently known as Canada.
 
Given this reality, and as a human geographer, Heather’s research is largely community-engaged, participatory, and focuses on the politics of knowledge production in Indigenous environment, health, and social justice activism. She also has a concentration in Indigenous research ethics, decolonization, and settler colonialism in the academy.
 
Heather is a new cross-appointee to Gender Studies and has taken on the role of Graduate Chair in addition to her teaching and research responsibilities in the Department of Geography and Planning. You can reach her at gndsgradchair@queensu.ca.