Kevin Bruyneel is Professor of Politics at Babson College in Massachusetts He wrote The Third Space of Sovereignty: The Postcolonial Politics of U.S.-Indigenous Relations, and writes on the relationship between race, colonialism and collective memory. He has published articles in History & Memory, Settler Colonial Studies, The Canadian Journal of Political Science, and has an article forthcoming in Native American and Indigenous Studies.
He was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, the traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, completed his at the New School for Social Research in New York City, and now lives in Somerville, Massachusetts
My work and politics are very much shaped by my upbringing in British Columbia and my time studying and working with political organizations in New York City. I am a descendent of Canadian settlers, and thus raised as a member of Canadian settler society. My familiarity with the history and contemporary issues concerning settler colonialism emerged as I spent more time in downtown Vancouver in my late teens and early twenties, and began to become more aware of Indigenous rights claims, especially as it regards Indigenous national sovereignty and against the persistent practices and institutions of Canadian settler colonialism. In my studies in New York, at the New School, I began to see that there was a dearth of work on Indigenous politics in the field of political science and thus brought my own interest and concerns around these issues to my scholarly pursuits. At the same time, I volunteered and participated in anarchist collectives on the lower east side of Manhattan, specifically at a volunteer-based Info shop that became a site of organizing work and political meetings. There, I supported work against police brutality and gentrification, and in support of squats, local community empowerment, and anti-capitalist and anti-racist practices. My affiliation to and work with the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association began after the publication of my book, when I was fortunate to be invited to present and participate at the 2009 NAISA conference in Minnesota. Since then, I have become a regular, active, and committed member of NAISA. I see the people who comprise the organization as important and vital colleagues and collaborators, and simply some of the smartest and best people I have met in the world of academia. NAISA has become the academic organization to which I am most committed, in terms of both its scholarly and political principles and practices. I would be honored to serve on the NAISA Council and promise to provide my fullest effort and commitment to the role.