Katherine Morton (Newfoundland and Labrador)

K MortonKatherine Morton is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Memorial University of Newfoundland.  Born and raised in British Columbia on unceded Coast Salish territory, Katherine specializes in social research related to Indigenous populations and colonial violence in British Columbia.  Her PhD research identifies points of intersection between violence, Indigenous identity and colonialism in relation to the material spaces of residential schools.  She examines residential schools as carceral spaces that contradict Canada's national sense of self.  She completed research in her MA on the construction of tropes of Indigenous identity and their presence in Indigenous focused public inquiries.  Her independent research focuses on femicide in Canada, particularly the case of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG).  Her most recent publications have been regarding the politics of ugliness in representations of MMIWG as well as the issue of hitchhiking among MMIWG in rural B.C.  Prior to graduate school, Katherine held positions in both the federal and provincial public service researching and providing policy analysis on Indigenous cultural heritage, the duty to consult and demographic change.  She is the Co-Chair of the Canadian Sociological Association Violence and Society Research Cluster. She works as an instructor at Memorial University.  Her research interests include violence, gender, identity politics, place making, femicide, critical theory, colonialism, land claim negotiations and discourse analysis.