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Queen's University

Scott Rutherford


Term Adjunct, Global Development Studies
PhD (History) Queen's University
phone: 33310
fax: 613-533-2986

Global Development Studies
M-C A413
Office hours Tuesdays 3pm - 4pm

Research Interests:

20th century global history; identity and locality; settler-colonialism; decolonization; transnational social movements; Indigenous politics; race; migration; Canada; Global South/Canada

My research and teaching is most interested in understanding local histories by looking at wider global trends, and in return showing how local histories help ground generic concepts, such as colonization and decolonization. Here I am interested in understanding the power people have to imagine, construct and contest ideas that would create new forms of social, political and cultural existence. To this effect I am currently working on three projects. Canada’s Other Red Scare investigates how during the 1960s and 1970s Red Power movements in Canada were simultaneously part of local, national and transnational social politics. An Act of Assistance investigates the efforts of various organizations in Canada (including those representing churches, solidarity activists, the Canadian government and Indigenous commnities) to help refugees from Central America during the 1980s. My third project is a co-written textbook that will explore the cultural, political and social impact of Canada’s relations with various peoples, regions and states from the Global South.

Other Appointments:



DEVS 493 - winter


Selected Publications:
Single-Authored books
(in progress) Canada’s Other Red Scare: Indigenous Rights, Decolonization and the Global Sixties.

Articles/Book Chapters:
Rutherford, Scott “Canada’s Other Red Scare: Indigenous anti-colonialism and the Anicinabe Park Occupation,” in Dan Berger (ed), The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism (Rutgers University Press, 2010).

Co-edited Books:
Dubinsky, Karen, et. al (eds), New World Coming: The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness(Toronto: Between the Lines Press, 2009).

Co-edited Journals
Austin, David, Sean Mills and Scott Rutherford (eds). Race and Class: special issue “Canada: colonial amnesia and the legacy of empire,” 52:1 (July-September, 2010).

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000