Hi! I'm Jacquie Briggs, a PhD candidate at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto, 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), and have an article forthcoming in a special issue on law & history in Austin Sarat's Studies in Law, Politics and Society (2020).
Feel welcome to contact me at jacq.briggs [at] mail.utoronto.ca