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Queen's University

Scott Rutherford


Term Adjunct, Global Development Studies

PhD (History):  Queens University
MA (History): University of Manitoba  
BA (History): University of Winnipeg


phone: 33310
fax: 613-533-2986

Global Development Studies
Office Hours: Wednesdays 10:15 AM until
12:15 PM or by appointment.


Research Interests:

Histories of global development and protest; postcolonial theory; settler-colonialism; race; decolonization; postcolonial theory; transnational social movements; Indigenous politics; Canada; Global South/Canada

My work investigates the relationships forged or imagined between local anti-colonial movements and broader global trends and counterparts. I am most interested in thinking about the ways people have theorized and practiced new relationships to culture, identity, development and political economy in the late twentieth century. I am currently working on three projects that explore such themes. Canada’s Other Red Scare investigates the “Red Power” movements of the 1960s and 1970s and their relationship to other anti-colonial formations globally. My newest project, An Act of Assistance, looks at the place of displaced Indigenous peoples and Indigenous refugees within international development frameworks and newly emerging global Indigenous theory. My third project is a co-written and edited introductory textbook with Karen Dubinsky (Queen’s) and Sean Mills (University of Toronto) which situates Canada and Canadians within the cultural, political, economic and social histories of the “Third World.”

Courses Taught:

DEVS 100:  Canada and the “Third World”

DEVSC 212:  NGOS and Global Civil Society

DEVS 493/803:  Canada and Decolonization

HIST 122:  The Making of the Modern World

HIST 210:  The Global Cold War


Selected Publications:

Articles/Book Chapters:

Rutherford, Scott. ““We have bigotry alright, but no Alabamas”: Aboriginal protest and colonial denial in Canada,” Critical Sociology (under review for special issue on post-racism in the Americas)

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, Sean Mills and Scott Rutherford (eds), Canada and the “Third World”: An Historical Introduction (Toronto: University of Toronto Educational Press, 2015) (in progress) 

Rutherford, Scott, 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).


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