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  • Associate Professor;
    Director, Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture

    Faculty of Arts
    Department of History
    Women's and Gender Studies Program
    230 St. John's College
    92 Dysart Road
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M5

    Phone: 204-474-6042

Currently accepting graduate students - Yes

  • Master's
  • PhD


  • HIST 3780 - Indigenous Film History 
  • WOMN 1500 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies in the Humanities
  • WOMN 3000 - Interdisciplinary Research in Women's and Gender Studies
  • WOMN 3500 - Writing for Environmental Justice 


Jocelyn Thorpe is a settler scholar who arrived at the University of Manitoba in 2012 and is cross-appointed in Women's and Gender Studies and History. In 2021, she became director of the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture. With Kaila Johnston at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and Julie Lafreniere at the Winnipeg Art Gallery—Qaumajuq, she has co-curated the Decolonizing Lens Film and Discussion Series since 2016. 


  • PhD (Environmental Studies), York University, 2008 
  • MA (Sociology and Equity Studies), Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) in the University of Toronto, 2003 
  • BA (Honours, High Distinction) (English, Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity), University of Toronto, 2001 


Research interests

  • Environmental justice
  • Histories and legacies of colonialism in so-called Canada 
  • Writing toward a just world
  • Anti-racist feminist thought 

Research summary

Jocelyn Thorpe studies histories and legacies of colonialism and environmental injustice, as well as the creative ways that people work toward a more just world.

Research affiliations/groups

  • Member - Critical Environments Research Group 
  • Organizer - Writing Toward a Just World Research Cluster, UM Institute for the Humanities

Selected publications

Refereed journal articles and book chapters

  • Joe, Chief Mi’sel, Sheila O'Neill, Jessica Bound and Jocelyn Thorpe. 2023. "Newfoundland Mi’kmaw Resistance and Vibrancy in a History of Erasure." Canadian Historical Review 103, no. 3.
  • Thorpe, Jocelyn. 2018. “Routes of Colonial Racism: Travelling Narratives of European Progress and Indigenous Extinction in Pre-Confederation Newfoundland.” In Tracing Ochre: Changing Perspectives on the Beothuk, edited by Fiona Polack, 269–296. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 
  • Thorpe, Jocelyn. 2018. “Basketball Diary.” In Global Currents in Gender and Feminisms: Canadian and International Perspectives, edited by Glenda Tibe Bonifacio, 279–289. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing. 

Refereed books

  • Thorpe, Jocelyn, Stephanie Rutherford and L. Anders Sandberg, eds. 2017. "Methodological Challenges in Nature-Culture and Environmental History Research." London and New York: Routledge. (In 2018, Routledge selected this book as part of an initiative that “makes the best of our hardback research publishing available in paperback format.”)
  • Thorpe, Jocelyn. 2012. "Temagami’s Tangled Wild: Race, Gender, and the Making of Canadian Nature." Vancouver: UBC Press. 

Media articles


  • 2021 - Students’ Teacher Recognition Award (student: Atreya Madrone), Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba
  • 2020 - Community Engagement Award (with Kaila Johnston for Decolonizing Lens Film and Discussion Series), University of Manitoba
  • 2015 - Teaching Excellence Award (New Faculty Category), Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba 


  • Co-curator (with Kaila Johnston and Julia Lafreniere) - Decolonizing Lens Film and Discussion Series
  • Basketball Coach - Valour Community Centre 

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