Photo on 2016-03-07 at 11.28 AMDr. Toby Rollo is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of British Columbia from 2016 to 2018.

His research explores the ideas of citizenship and political agency in western political thought, with a particular focus on how problems of diversity, inclusion, consent and voice are conceived in contemporary democratic theory and practice. Dr Rollo’s work extends into the field of comparative political theory, where he brings these dominant models of political agency into conversation with Indigenous conceptions, primarily in the Canadian context.

His published work on these issues includes “Mandates of the State: Canadian Sovereignty, Democracy, and Indigenous Claims,” in Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence; a co-authored book chapter, “Twentieth-century Canada,” in The Routledge Handbook of the History of Settler Colonialism; and his book manuscript, titled Enactive Politics: Reason, Voice, and the Decolonization of Democracy, which will be completed in 2016. Dr. Rollo also researches how settler colonialism and democracy have been shaped by the figure of the voiceless child, which constitutes the perennial ‘Other’ in most western political ideals of agency.


Find out more about the research here.