Sarah Marie Wiebe, Faculty, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Sarah Marie Wiebe

Assistant Professor
Office: Saunders 633B
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-3688
Email: swiebe@hawaii.edu
Website
Reimagining Attawapiskat

Background

I'm a Canadian citizen who grew up in Coast Salish territory on a body of water known as the Indian Arm along the Burrard Inlet. While I was raised with a close sense of intimacy in relation to the ocean, I did not at that time know much about the realities of residing on unceded Indigenous Tsleil-Waututh territory. Only years later as a graduate student enrolled in political theory courses at the University of Victoria did I learn about my own non-Indigenous settler positionality in relation to these contested environments. During my graduate studies, I watched "The Disappearing Male", a film featuring women from the Aamjiwnaang Nation, living in the polluted heart of Canada's Chemical Valley. I began to work with the community; these relationships forever changed the course of my life.

Education

  • PhD, Political Science, University of Ottawa, 2013
  • MA, Political Science, University of Victoria, 2008
  • BA, Political Science, University of Victoria, 2006

Courses

  • POLS 380: Environmental Law and Politics
  • POLS 387: Politics of the Ocean
  • POLS 390: Political Inquiry and Analysis
  • POLS 600: Scope and Methods of Political Science
  • POLS 605: Topics in Methodology
  • POLS 642: Indigenous Peoples and Western Imperialism
  • POLS 777: Decolonial Futures

Research

At the intersections of environmental justice, sustainability, and citizen engagement, my teaching and research interests emphasize political ecology, alternative futures, and mixed media storytelling. As a collaborative researcher and filmmaker, I have collaborated with several Indigenous communities on films and publications. My book Everyday Exposure: Indigenous Mobilization and Environmental Justice in Canada's Chemical Valley (2016) with UBC Press won the Charles Taylor Book Award (2017) and examines policy responses to the impact of pollution on the Aamjiwnaang First Nation's environmental health. Alongside Dr. Jennifer Lawrence (Virginia Tech), I am the Co-Editor of Biopolitical Disaster. Current projects examine the politics of emergency and seascape relationality across Oceania.

Community Engagement

As a community-engaged researcher and filmmaker, I have and continue to collaborate with Indigenous communities on sustainability-themed films including Indian Givers, To Fish as Formerly, and The Story of Wānanalua. I am currently collaborating with artists from Attawapiskat on a project entitled Reimagining Attawapiskat funded through an SSHRC Insight Development Grant. I am also a Project Co-Director for the Seascape Indigenous Storytelling Studio, funded through an SSHRC Insight Grant with research partners from the University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, and coastal Indigenous communities.