Paulina Johnson, PhD, MA, BA

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept

Pronouns: She, her, hers


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept
(780) 492-5234
4-20 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
T6G 2H4


Area of Study / Keywords

Decolonization Indigenization Indigenous Feminisms Traditional Law and Governance Indigenous Methodologies Racism Colonialism


Dr. Paulina Johnson, Sîpihkokîsikowiskwew (Blue Sky Woman), is Nêhiyaw (Plains Cree) and a citizen of Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacis, AB. She completed her PhD in Anthropology and MA in History at Western University in London, Ontario, and her BA in Anthropology and History with Distinction from the University of Alberta.

Portrait by Cree artist Lakeeyshah Marie, check out her instagram @lakeeyshah and support Indigenous artists.


Her current research is focused on the importance of Indigenous womxn’s voices and matriarchal resistance to oppressive systems that are embedded in our settler colonial societies and institutions. Her forthcoming work details systemic injustices that Indigenous womxn face in colonial institutions drawing on the experience of her late grandmother and is written as a liberation narrative focused on Nehiyaw intellectual traditions and mechanism of protection and resistance.


Read her contribution to Electric Marronage titled "Mâmawinew [She/He Assembles Them]: A Curation of Wahkomâkanak kiskeyitamowi, Ancestral Knowledge" here:


SOC 260 - Inequality and Social Stratification

Introduction to the study of structured social inequalities and poverty; major theoretical approaches; findings from key empirical studies, with emphasis on Canada. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or consent of instructor.

Fall Term 2022

SOC 402 - Topics in Sociology

Prerequisite: SOC 100 or consent of the instructor. Note: Consult the Department for any additional prerequisites. Course may be taken more than once if topic(s) vary.

Fall Term 2022 Winter Term 2023

WGS 480 - Indigenous Feminisms

Draws on Indigenous theoretical frameworks, epistemologies, community expertise and knowledge to understand Indigenous women's participation in political movements and land and environmental activism. Students are strongly urged to complete *3 in NS before registering in WGS 480. Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level WGS or W ST course, or consent of department.

Fall Term 2022

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