Research Profiles

Dr. Nathalie Kermoal
Professor and Associate Dean (Academic)

Born in France and of Breton descent, Professor Kermoal brings a new and unique perspective to Native Studies. After completing her PhD in History at the University of Ottawa in 1996, Kermoal taught University courses across the country in both French and English, and served as the Director and Editor of Le Franco newspaper. Since joining Native Studies in 2004, Associate Professor Kermoal has published two books: Alberta’s Francophones (2005) and Un passé métis au feminin (2006). She is involved in several interdisciplinary research projects relating to the Métis, which ultimately will serve to enhance the recognition of Métis rights in Canada.

Professor Kermoal continues to pursue research in the areas of hunting and harvesting rights and governance; Aboriginal constitutional issues; contemporary Aboriginal art and Aboriginal women’s issues. Most recently in November 2007, Kermoal was honored with a prestigious award from Campus Saint-Jean for excellence in teaching.



Dr. Sarah Carter
Professor and Henry Marshall Tory Chair

The Faculty of Native Studies is pleased to welcome Dr. Sarah Carter to our team. Dr. Carter comes to the University of Alberta from a 14 year teaching career as Professor in the Department of History at the University of Calgary. Prior to the University of Calgary, she taught at the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba. Dr. Carter recently received the prestigious position of Henry Marshall Tory Chair at the University of Alberta.

“Named for Henry Marshall Tory, the first President of the University, the Chairs are expected, through their teaching, research and service, to impact the University and the community. The appointments are intended for outstanding individuals who by their presence will enhance the reputation of the University and who can provide leadership and experience for the strengthening of teaching and research in specific disciplines. Research and teaching in interdisciplinary fields are encouraged.”

Dr. Carter’s research focuses on the history of Western Canada and the critical era that began in the late nineteenth century when Aboriginal people were dispossessed and a new population established.

As a Killam Research Fellow her present project is a borderlands and comparative Canada-U.S. history of women of the northern Great Plains with particular focus on land distribution policies and the meanings, opportunities and constraints of the forty-ninth parallel. Dr. Carter recently completed The Importance of Being Monogamous: Forging the Marital Terrain of Western Canada, and has submitted this to press.

In addition to her two Killam Fellowships, Dr. Carter has received three SSHRC fellowships, and the Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America for her work on the publication, The True Spirit and Original Intent of Treaty 7. She was also the Director of the International Indigenous Studies Program at the University of Calgary.