Rauna Kuokkanen

Associate Professor, Political Science and Indigenous Studies
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Research Interests: 
Indigenous Women & Human Rights, Indigenous Self-Determination and Governance, Indigenous Peoples Rights, Sámi Studies, Indigenous Feminisms, and Indigenous Politics



Kuokkanen, Rauna. “Restory-ing the Sami Strength”. ReVision 21.1 (1998): 11.


Kuokkanen, Rauna. “Towards an “Indigenous Paradigm” From a Sami Perspective”. The Canadian Journal of Native Studies 20.2 (2000): 411.


Kuokkanen, Rauna. “Toward a New Relation of Hospitality in the Academy”. American Indian Quarterly 27.1/2 (2003): 267-295.


Kuokkanen, Rauna. “Water Prospecting Threatens Sami Sacred Site”. Cultural Survival Quarterly 26.4 (2003): 10.


Kuokkanen, Rauna. “Border Crossings, Pathfinders and New Visions: The Role of Sami Literature in Contemporary Society”. Nordlit 8.1 (2004): 91.


Kuokkanen, Rauna. “Lahi and Attaldat: The Philosophy of the Gift and Sami Education”. Australian Journal of Indigenous Education 34 (2005): 20-32.


Kuokkanen, Rauna. “Globalization as Racialized, Sexualized Violence: The Case of Indigenous Women”. International Feminist Journal of Politics 10.2 (2008): 216-233.


Kuokkanen, Rauna. “What is Hospitality in the Academy? Epistemic Ignorance and the (Im)possible Gift”. Review of Education 30.1 (2008): 60-82.


Kuokkanen, Rauna. “Indigenous Women in Traditional Economies: The Case of Sami Reindeer Herding”. Signs 34.3 (2009): 499-504.


Kuokkanen, Rauna. “Publishing Sami Literature-from Christian Translations to Sami Publishing Houses”. Studies in American Indian Literatures 22.2 (2010): 42-58.


Kuokkanen, Rauna. “The Responsibility of the Academy: A Call for Doing Homework”. JCT (Online) 26.3 (2010): 61-74.


Kuokkanen, Rauna. “From Indigenous Economies to Market-Based Self-Governance: A Feminist Political Economy Analysis”. Canadian Journal of Political Science 44.2(2011): 275-297.


Kuokkanen, Rauna. “Indigenous Economies, Theories of Subsistence, and Women: Exploring the Social Economy Model for Indigenous Governance”. The American Indian Quarterly 35.2 (2011): 215-240.


Kuokkanen, Rauna. “Self-Determination and Indigenous Women’s Rights at the Intersection of International Human Rights”.  Human Rights Quarterly 34.1 (2012): 225-250.




Reshaping the University Book Cover

Kuokkanen, Rauna. Reshaping the University: Responsibility, Indigenous Epistemes, and the Logic of the Gift. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2007.


Rauna Kuokkanen is Sámi from Ohcejohka (Utsjoki), Northern Finland.  She is Associate Professor of Political Science and Indigenous Studies at the University of Toronto where she teaches Indigenous politics, rights and global Indigenous movements. She is currently completing a book tentatively titled “Restructuring Relations: Indigenous Self-Determination and Governance in Canada, Greenland and Scandinavia,” an indigenous feminist examination of indigenous politics based on the research she has conducted in the three regions. She is the author of Reshaping the University: Responsibility, Indigenous Epistemes and the Logic of the Gift (UBC Press, 2007) and Boaris dego eana: Eamiálbmogiid diehtu, filosofiijat ja dutkan (As Old as the Earth: Indigenous Knowledge, Philosophies and Research; ČálliidLágádus Sámi Academica Series, 2009). She has translated a Sámi children’s book into English (The White Stone, 2011, Davvi Girji) and edited the anthology on contemporary Sámi literature Juoga mii geasuha (2001). Her most recent publications have appeared in International Feminist Journal of Politics, Human Rights Quarterly, International Journal on Minority and Group Rights and Canadian Journal of Political Science. She was the founding chair of the Sámi Youth Organization in Finland and has served as the Vice-President of the Sámi Council.