Assistant Professor, Political Science
My teaching encourages students to question conventional narratives about Canada, exposing them to multiple, competing perspectives on Canadian politics. I want students to leave my classroom with a deep appreciation for the complexity of concepts like decolonization, reconciliation, citizenship, and multiculturalism, and with a commitment to engaging in sincere and respectful relationships in order to address Canada’s biggest political problems.
- National celebrations, commemorations, and monuments
- Canadian heritage policy
- diversity and Canadian politics
Dr. Daisy Raphael’s research and teaching engages in difficult questions about the nature of Canada in the context of calls for reconciliation, decolonization, racial justice, and gender equality. Her current research focuses on national celebrations, especially the ever-changing politics of Canada Day, offering novel ways of theorizing the role of national celebrations in settler-colonial contexts.
Dr. Raphael also engages in the study of monuments. For example, her 2021 article, “Triumph through Diversity,” published in a special issue of the International Journal of Canadian Studies highlighting work by ‘next generation’ Canadian studies scholars, examines the War of 1812 monument on Parliament Hill. Created by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who argued that the war represents Canada’s origin story, this article makes the case that – despite its emphasis on diversity – the commemoration obscured the role of colonization in Canada’s founding. Illustrating ways conservative governments can easily co-opt the language and symbols of diversity, this research raises questions about the potential for more ‘diverse’ monuments to ‘unsettle’ settler-colonialism.
Dr. Raphael is currently teaching Introduction to Political Science and Canadian Government & Politics. For Dr. Raphael, undergraduate teaching is a great privilege and responsibility, as today’s undergraduate students are future leaders who will address our greatest challenges, including, for example, climate change, decolonization, racial injustice, income inequality, gender-based violence, and social marginalization. Addressing these problems requires a commitment to social literacy and investment in liberal arts education.
Recent peer-reviewed publications
Raphael, Daisy, Justin Leifso, and Janine Brodie. Forthcoming. “Political Parties”. In Critical Concepts: An Introduction to Politics, 6th edition. eds. Janine Brodie, Sandra Rein, and Malinda S. Smith, Oxford University Press.
Justin Leifso and Daisy Raphael. Forthcoming. “Elections”. In Critical Concepts: An Introduction to Politics, 6th edition. eds. Janine Brodie, Sandra Rein, and Malinda S. Smith, Oxford University Press.
Raphael, Daisy. 2021. “‘Triumph Through Diversity?’ The War of 1812 Commemoration and Settler-Colonial Myth-Making.” International Journal of Canadian Studies 58: 92-109.
Smith, Malinda S. and Daisy Raphael. 2018. Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Best Practices in Faculty Recruitment and Hiring. University of Alberta Provost’s Office. https://www.ualberta.ca/equity-diversity-inclusivity/media-library/edi/resources-page/best-practices_edi_draft-dec-3_letter.pdf
Smith, Malinda S. and Daisy Raphael. 2018. “Focus on Visible Minorities: Key Equity and Human Rights Milestones in Alberta and Canada.” University of Alberta Provost’s Office. https://www.ualberta.ca/equity-diversity-inclusivity/media-library/edi/resources-page/focus-on-visible-minorities—historical-resource.pdf
Smith, Malinda S. and Daisy Raphael. 2018. “Focus on Persons with Disabilities: Key Equity and Human Rights Milestones in Alberta and Canada.” University of Alberta Provost’s Office. https://www.ualberta.ca/equity-diversity-inclusivity/media-library/edi/resources-page/focus-on-persons-with-disabilities—timeline-resource.pdf