Krista Maxwell

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Assistant Professor, Anthropology (University of Toronto)
Research Interests: 
Medical anthropology, anthropology and history, Indigenous health and healing, child welfare, settler colonialism

Maxwell K (2011) “Ojibwe Activism, Harm Reduction and Healing in 1970s Kenora, Ontario: A Micro-history of Canadian Settler Colonialism and Urban Indigenous Resistance”Comparative Program on Health and Society Working Papers Series 2009-2010, University of Toronto.


Maxwell K (2014) Historicizing historical trauma theory: Troubling the trans-generational transmission paradigmTranscultural Psychiatry 51(3): 407-435.



Krista Maxwell’s research is broadly concerned with the ethnographic and historical analysis of Canadian settler colonialism and Indigenous sovereignty, with a focus on domains of healing, healthcare, kinship and social welfare.  Her current project, “The Ontario Child Welfare System and the Persistence of Anishinaabe Relatedness”, is supported by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant and Connaught New Researcher award.  This research was developed in consultation with community leaders and Elders in Treaty Three First Nations, and is documenting oral histories, ethnographic observations and archival sources to analyse past and present relations between these Anishinaabeg and the Ontario child welfare system.  Previously Krista has conducted research on urban Indigenous healing in Ontario, and on a range of issues relating to health and health care in Britain and Nigeria, including experiences of pain and pain management in sickle cell disorders, young people’s sexual health, and barriers to accessing essential drugs.