Ph.D., Environmental Studies, York University, 2008
M.A., Sociology and Equity Studies, OISE, University of Toronto, 2003
B.A. (Hons.), English Literature and Equity Studies, University of Toronto, 2001
My research draws from critical race, feminist, and environmental studies scholarship to examine the history and legacies of, as well as challenges to, colonialism in the Canadian context. I seek to understand how past discourses and relationships of power lead to and naturalize present-day social and environmental inequities, and to open up possibilities for more just relationships among humans and between humans and the non-human world in which we live.
My current major project, "Lost Encounters in the 'New-Found-Land'," is supported by a five-year SSHRC Insight Grant (2013-2018). It explores the history of present-day relationships among Indigenous and non-Indigenous Newfoundlanders and the territory they have come to share, with the goals of: contributing a detailed analysis of a little-known history; advancing scholarly understandings of the workings of colonialism, including its relationship with the non-human world; and contributing to decolonizing relationships among humans and between humans and the rest of the world. Together with Newfoundland Mi'kmaq artist Joanna Barker, I am currently working on the oral history component of the research.
With my colleagues Stephanie Rutherford at Trent University and L. Anders Sandberg at York University, I recently completed co-editing a book called Methodological Challenges in Nature-Culture and Environmental History Research. The collection grapples with challenges of how to study human-environment relationships over time, and provides insight from scholars working in diverse geographical and theoretical contexts. Additionally, I am the author of Temagami's Tangled Wild: Race, Gender, and the Making of Canadian Nature, which studies the history of how Teme-Augama Anishnabai territory in Ontario came to be understood by non-Indigenous people as a site of wild Canadian nature, and the efforts of the Teme-Augama Anishnabai over time to enact their own relationships to their homeland.
Courses for 2017/2018
WOMN 4200 (Fall 2017): Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies
HIST 3572 (Fall 2017, Winter 2018): History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Canada (co-taught with Adele Perry)
WOMN 1500 (Winter 2018): Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies in the Humanities
Thorpe, Jocelyn, Stephanie Rutherford and L. Anders Sandberg, eds. 2017. Methodological Challenges in Nature-Culture and Environmental History Research. London and New York: Routledge, 2017.
Thorpe, Jocelyn, Sonja Boon et. al. "The Intro Course: A Pedagogical Toolkit." Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture and Social Justice 37, no. 2 (2016): 54-67.
Thorpe, Jocelyn Temagami's Tangled Wild: Race, Gender, and the Making of Canadian Nature. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2012.
Thorpe, Jocelyn. "Temagami's Tangled Wild: The Making of Race, Nature, and Nation in Early-Twentieth-Century Ontario." In Rethinking the Great White North: Race, Nature, and the Historical Geographies of Whiteness in Canada, edited by Andrew Baldwin, Laura Cameron and Audrey Kobayashi, 193-210. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011.
Thorpe, Jocelyn and Sheila O'Neill. "Grassroots Empowerment and the Rise of the Newfoundland Aboriginal Women's Network (NAWN): A Report on NAWN's First Eight Years." Newfoundland Aboriginal Women's Network, Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, 2014.