Dr. Maura Hanrahan

Dr. Maura Hanrahan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies, in the Faculty of Arts and Science, at the University of Lethbridge. She is also a Research Affiliate of the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy. Dr. Hanrahan holds a Board of Governors Research Chair (Tier II) since 2017. She exemplifies how ongoing Board of Governors’ research benefits the entire institution, creating new learning opportunities for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Maura Hanrahan is appointed as an Adjunct Professor to EPI and Grenfell’s Humanities Program. She is also an Adjunct Professor with Memorial University's Environmental Policy Institute. She has degrees from Memorial University, Carleton University, and the London School of Economics where she was a Rothermere Fellow. Dr. Hanrahan was Memorial’s first Special Advisor to the President for Aboriginal Affairs. She is the 2015 recipient of the Polaris Award from the NL Branch of the Canadian Coast Guard, in recognition of her work in preserving the maritime culture of the province.

An asset in developing and delivering U of L’s first ever course in Inuit Studies and in planning a new Geography course in polar exploration, Dr. Hanrahan was able to digest and reprocess some of the research material that went into her newest book, along with some of the theoretical approaches she had taken. For instance, she revisited notions of Arctic heroism and further linked it with colonial processes.

Dr. Hanrahan does interdisciplinary work and her work employs methods rooted in anthropology, ethnohistory, the humanities, and Indigenous learning. Her research is derived from her work with Indigenous rights recognition and land claims in Canada.

The research has also impacted the studied communities, and created avenues for change. She is the author of numerous article and the author or editor of 11 books in various genres, some of which have won awards.


Research Interests: Drinking Water; Population Health; Living Environment; Planning and Appropriation of Human Spaces; Water Security; Foodways and Nutrition History; Indigenous Land-use Patterns; Arctic Exploration; Arctic History; Newfoundland Mi’Kmaq.

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