Kyle Willmott, PhD

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept
(780) 492-0470
4-20 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4


Area of Study / Keywords

Political Sociology Economic Sociology Indigenous-settler Relations Indigenous Policy Settler Colonialism Social Policy Sociology of Knowledge


I completed my PhD (sociology) in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University. I completed my MA (public policy) at Ryerson University and BA (sociology & geography) at the University of Toronto. I joined the Department of Sociology here at the University of Alberta as Assistant Professor in July 2019. I am Mohawk from the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation. 

My research interests include political sociology, economic sociology, fiscal sociology, law & policy, Indigenous-settler relations, Indigenous policy, and sociology of knowledge and science. I have long been fascinated by the stories that are told about budgets, taxes, and numbers in relation to the state, First Nations, and the people around us. To date, my research has centred around the cultural and political figure of ‘the taxpayer’ as a useful subject for understanding the structure of settler colonialism, and liberalism. My current research includes projects that examine the genealogy of taxation in relation to Indian policy, the use of transparency as an economic concept in relation to First Nations reserve lands, and on the operation of settler-colonial logics in expert policymaking processes. 

My work has been published in Economy & Society, Critical Social Policy, and in an edited volume on ideology from UBC Press. 

Please see my website, for more information and to access copies of my publications. 


Kyle Willmott. 2019. From Self-Government to Government of the Self: Fiscal Subjectivity, Indigenous Governance and the Politics of Transparency. Critical Social Policy, 40(3): 271-291. Online:

Kyle Willmott. 2019. Mobilizing political strategy: Global practices of taxpayer groups. In D. Laycock (ed.) Political Ideology in Parties, Policy and Civil Society. University of British Columbia Press.

Kyle Willmott. 2017. Taxpayer governmentality: Governing government in Metro Vancouver’s transit tax debate. Economy and Society, 46(2): 255-274. Online:


I teach Introductory Sociology (SOC100) and Indigenous-settler Relations (SOC402).