Krista Maxwell

Photo of Prof. Krista MaxwellKrista Maxwell, Ph.D. (University of Toronto, 2011)
Assistant Professor, St. George Campus
(416) 946-3324
Office: AP 208

Research Keywords: Social cultural and medical anthropology, anthropology and history, settler colonialism, indigenous health and healing, child welfare

Research Region: Canada, Nigeria, urban Britain.

Research Bio

Krista’s research is broadly concerned with the ethnographic and historical analysis of Canadian settler colonialism and Indigenous sovereignty, with a focus on the overlapping domains of healing, healthcare, kinship and social welfare.  Her current project, “The Ontario Child Welfare System and the Persistence of Anishinaabe Relatedness”, is supported by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant and Connaught New Researcher award.  This research was developed in consultation with community leaders and Elders in Treaty Three First Nations, and is documenting oral histories, ethnographic observations and archival sources to analyse past and present relations between these Anishinaabeg and the Ontario child welfare system.  Previously Krista has conducted research on urban Indigenous healing in Ontario, and on a range of issues relating to health and health care in Britain and Nigeria, including experiences of pain and pain management in sickle cell disorders, young people’s sexual health, and barriers to accessing essential drugs.

Research Newsletters

Wabaseemoong-Families-Newsletter-web   The first in a series of newsletters reporting on-going research on the Treaty Three Anishinaabeg’s past and present relations with the Ontario child welfare system.

Recent Publications

2014.  Maxwell, K. Historicizing historical trauma theory, troubling the trans-generational transmission paradigmTranscultural Psychiatry, 51 (3): 406-434.

2011. Maxwell, K. Ojibwe Activism, Harm Reduction and Healing in 1970s Kenora, Ontario: A Micro-history of Canadian Settler Colonialism and Urban Indigenous Resistance.  Comparative Program on Health and Society Working Papers Series 2009-2010, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.  ISBN 0-7727-0853-3.  Available online at

Other Significant Publications

2000. Anyebe W, Ebe M, Maxwell K. Sex, Shame & Poverty: Young People’s Sexual Health in Rural Benue.  Benue Health Fund Project Nigeria, Department for International Development UK.

1999. Maxwell K, Streetly A and Bevan D (1999) Experiences of Hospital Care and Treatment-seeking for Pain from Sickle Cell Disease: Qualitative Study.  British Medical Journal 318: 1585-90 (also reprinted in Western Journal of Medicine i. 171(5/6): 306-313).

1998. Ziebland S and Maxwell K. Not a “proper” solution? The gap between guidelines and users’ views about the safety of using emergency contraception.  Journal Health Services Research & Policy 3 (1):12-19.

1998. Maxwell K and Streetly A. Living with Sickle Pain: Sickle cell patients’ experiences of pain and pain management.   London: Guy’s King’s & St Thomas’ School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Medicine.  ISBN 1 869942 03 5.

Current Graduate Students

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Elisabeth Feltaous
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Stephanie Mayell
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Laura Beach
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Kaitlyn Vleming
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Sam Tait













Completed Master Students

Erika Finestone, MA Old Tools, New Sites: An Examination of Customary Care as an Adaptive Strategy  for Aboriginal Childcare in Contemporary Settler Nations

Caitlyn Therrien, MA “Why Can’t They Just Get Over It?” Addressing the Ramifications of Settler Colonialism

Sarah Spaner, MA “My Heart, My Soul:” The Christian Theorizings of Samson Occom, Mohegan