Campus: Laurier

Office: RCE317 (Brantford Campus)


Assistant Professor, Indigenous Studies

Education: BA (Laurier), MA (Western), PhD (Laurier)


I am interested in Indigenous-settler relations, particularly those framed by gender and environmental issues. I am currently working on a monograph entitled, The Serpent River Anishinaabek and Uranium Mining: A Study of Cold War Colonialism, 1953-88, which is under contract with University of Toronto Press. As a co-investigator on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)-supported interdisciplinary research team, I am also extending this project forward by examining contemporary environmental stewardship and the legacies of uranium extraction on Anishinaabek territory.

In another SSHRC-funded project, I examined the gendered experiences of colonialism. Specifically, this project examined the roles of Indigenous women in Anishinaabe communities in postwar Ontario, and their contributions to the politicization of First Nations from 1950s to the 1980s. Currently, I am working on a monograph that explores the history of Indigenous women’s experiences with democracy as part of a book series on women’s suffrage in Canada.

I am interested in supervising graduate students studying Indigenous history, especially topics related to gender and the environment.


Selected Publications:


Leddy, Lianne. ““Mostly Just as a Social Gathering”: Anishinaabe Kwewak and the Indian Homemakers’ Club, 1945-1960.” In Aboriginal History: A Reader, edited by Kristin Burnett and Geoff Read.  Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Leddy, Lianne. “Poisoning the Serpent: Uranium Exploitation and the Serpent River First Nation, 1953-1988.” In The Natures of Empire and the Empires of Nature, edited by Karl Hele. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013.

Leddy, Lianne. “Interviewing Nookomis and Other Reflections of an Indigenous Historian” Oral History Forum d’histoire orale, 30 (Special Issue-2010:): 1-18. Available here: