Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) and Geography
Primary Academic Program: American Studies
Biography:Margaux L. Kristjansson is a theorist, writer, and political organizer whose work centers on a critical anthropology of the intimate and affective economies of conquest and racial capitalism in the Americas. Her book project, Waging Care: Indigenous Economies of Care against the Carceral Child Protection System, argues that Canada securitizes its settler colonial economy of extraction from Indigenous lands through the ongoing apprehension of Indigenous children into the child welfare system. It is based on collaborative research with colleagues in the Algonquins of Barriere Lake First Nation and the National Indigenous Survivors of Children Welfare Network. Kristjansson comes to Bard from Williams College, where she served as Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Native American and Indigenous Studies. Her areas of specialization also include political and legal anthropology, transgender feminisms, racial capitalism, and political economy. At Williams, she designed and taught seminars on subjects ranging from an introduction to Indigenous feminist theory to settler colonialism, care, and kingship.
BA, Carleton University, Ottawa; MA, MPhil, PhD, Columbia University. At Bard: 2022–204.