Julie Kaye (Saskatchewan)

Julie KayeJulie Kaye is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan and the Academic Coordinator for the Certificate in Addictions and Criminology Program. Working in the areas of anti-violence, community research and organizing, and feminist, decolonial scholarship, Dr. Kaye’s research examines settler-colonialism and colonial gendered violence and criminalization as well as harm reduction, consent, and body sovereignty. Her book, Responding to Human Trafficking: Dispossession, Colonial Violence, and Resistance among Indigenous and Racialized Women, published by University of Toronto press, examines anti-trafficking responses in the context of settler-colonialism. Dr. Kaye engages in community-based research with individuals working in sex-trade industries, community organizations, and harm reduction strategies as well as families, relations, and grassroots organizers of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, trans, and two-spirit persons (MMIWGT2S) and decolonial, anti-violence organizing and research alongside Indigenous-led responses to violence against Indigenous women. As Research Advisor for the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW), she engages in collaborative interventions in cases affecting the rights of Indigenous women, including R v Barton and the Inquiry into the treatment of Angela Cardinal. She serves on the Legal Strategy Coalition on Violence Against Indigenous Women. Through CIHR and SSHRC-funded research projects, she works alongside sex workers and harm reduction agencies to explore anti-violence strategies. Her work on international comparisons of legislation affecting sex industries, and the effects of such legislations on sex workers, migrant workers, and human rights are widely available, including publications in New York TimesToronto Star, and Edmonton Journal.