Faculty

SASS faculty

Amy Hudson, PhD
Amy Hudson, PhD
Assistant Professor | School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies

Amy Hudson, PhD, is originally from Black Tickle, a remote island community off the southeast coast of Labrador in NunatuKavut. She is an assistant professor with the School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies, and works with and for the Inuit governing organization that represents her people and community, NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC). Amy completed her doctoral research in collaboration with her community in the area of Inuit governance and sustainability, where Inuit knowledge and perspectives were privileged, and culturally relevant methodologies were identified and employed. Read more...

E: ahudson@mun.ca |

Sylvia Moore, PhD
Sylvia Moore, PhD
Associate Professor | School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies

Sylvia Moore, PhD, is an educator, mental health professional, and associate professor at the School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies. She is based at the Labrador Campus, but her Mi’kmaw family’s roots are in southwestern Nova Scotia. Sylvia is the former faculty lead for Memorial’s teacher education programs in Labrador. Read more...

E: sylviam@mun.ca |

Scott Neilsen, PhD
Scott Neilsen, PhD
Assistant Professor | School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies & Department of Archaeology

Dr. Scott Neilsen’s research interests at this time are connected to his supervision of graduate students, and relationships he has with various heritage stakeholders in Labrador and Newfoundland. This includes research related to Innu, Inuit and Mi’Kmaq archaeological history, Indigenous and co-management of cultural and natural resources, the decolonization of archaeology and academia, repatriation, critical theory, contemporary archaeology, digital archaeology, and cultural resources management policies and practices. Read more...

E: scott.neilsen@mun.ca | O: Labrador Campus Research Station, North West River |

Cross-appointments

Daria Boltokova, PhD
Daria Boltokova, PhD
Assistant Professor | Department of Anthropology & Cross-appointment with the School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies

Daria Boltokova is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her research and teaching interests are in linguistic and sociocultural anthropology, with a special focus on language revitalization, Indigenous self-governance, and youth activism. An Indigenous Sakha originally from a small community in Northeastern Russia, Dr. Boltokova completed her B.A. in St. Petersburg before receiving two MAs and a PhD from the University of British Columbia. Read more...

E: dboltokova@mun.ca | O: Queen’s College, QC-4026 |

Arn Keeling, PhD
Arn Keeling, PhD
Professor and Department Head | Department of Geography & Cross-appointment with the School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies

My research and publications focus on the environmental-historical geography of Western and Northern Canada. In recent years, my research has explored the historical and contemporary encounters of northern Indigenous communities with large-scale resource developments. Read more...

E: akeeling@mun.ca |

Lisa Rankin, PhD
Lisa Rankin, PhD
Professor | Department of Archaeology & Cross-appointment with the School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies

My current research focuses on the culture and history of the Labrador Inuit from the late 16th to early 19th centuries, and their changing role in increasingly global social and economic networks during that time. In particular, I am interested in the gradual change from small, egalitarian single-family households in the late 16th century, to much larger communal houses occupied by the extended families of powerful shamans/traders by the beginning of the 18th century. Read more...

E: lrankin@mun.ca |

Adjunct appointments

Nathaniel Pollock, PhD, MSW
Nathaniel Pollock, PhD, MSW
Research Associate & Adjunct Professor | School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies

Nathaniel (Settler, he/him) is a research associate in the School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies at the Labrador Campus. Through this role, he works collaboratively with Indigenous governments and health and social care agencies in Labrador and elsewhere in the Circumpolar North on research, post-secondary education, and program and policy development projects. Nathaniel completed a Master’s of Social Work at Carleton University and a PhD in Community Health at Memorial University. Read more...

E: nathaniel.pollock@med.mun.ca |

Alex Sawatzky, PhD
Alex Sawatzky, PhD
Adjunct Professor | School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies

Alex Sawatzky, PhD (Settler, she/her), is an interdisciplinary researcher and artist who collaborates with communities, researchers, and organizations to co-create and mobilize knowledge. She engages visual methods and tools that are driven by relational approaches to research, centering community voices and knowledge to ensure research, and research communication works with and for the people it serves to benefit. Read more...

E: asawatzky@mun.ca |

Jamie Snook, PhD
Jamie Snook, PhD
Adjunct Professor | School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies

Jamie Snook, PhD, has spent his life as a leader, politician, researcher, and community development advocate in Labrador. His work revolves around fish and wildlife conservation and management, governance, health, and Indigenous well-being. He is a proud Labradorian with Inuit and British ancestries and is a member of the NunatuKavut Community Council. Read more...

E: jamie.snook@torngatsecretariat.ca |