Dr. Toby Rollo holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto. He has recently been awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to be held at the University of British Columbia from 2016 to 2018.
Dr. Rollo’s research examines the hidden presuppositions behind modern conceptions of citizenship and political agency, with a particular focus on how problems of diversity, inclusion, consent and voice are conceived in contemporary democratic theory. His work extends into the field of critical geography and comparative political theory, where he brings these dominant models of politics into conversation with Indigenous intellectual traditions, primarily in the Canadian context. Dr. Rollo also researches and writes on how democratic ideals continue to be shaped by the figure of the voiceless child, the perennial ‘Other’ of politics.
His published work on these issues includes “Mandates of the State: Canadian Sovereignty, Democracy, and Indigenous Claims,” in the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence; a co-authored book chapter, “Setter Colonialism and the Consolidation of Canada in the Twentieth Century,” in The Routledge Handbook of the History of Settler Colonialism; and “Democracy, Agency, and Radical Children’s Geographies,” in The Practice of Freedom: Anarchism, Geography, and the Spirit of Revolt Volume 3“.
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