Hi! I'm Jacquie Briggs, a PhD candidate at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto, lecturer in Law and Society at Concordia University, and the 2016-2017 McMurtry Fellow in Canadian Legal History. I was born in the territory of the Dish With One Spoon wampum covenant and identify as a settler, with primarily Irish and English ancestry. I am a proud alumni of the Decolonizing Education Certificate from the Centre for Indigegogy at Wilfrid Laurier University (check it out here). My research concentrates on legal histories of settler-colonial governance in Canada, and my current project is a study of a Department of Indian Affairs legal aid program for 'status Indians' charged with murder between the 1880s and 1970. I have published in the Canadian Historical Review (fall 2019 - awarded the political history article prize by the CHA and the Peter Oliver prize by the Osgoode Society), and in Austin Sarat's Studies in Law, Politics and Society (2020).
Feel welcome to contact me at jacq.briggs [at] mail.utoronto.ca