Chadwick (Chad) Cowie is from the Anishinaabeg community of Manominiiking (Mississaugas of Rice Lake), and is a member of the Wolf Clan. Chad completed a B.A (Honours) from Western University in Political Science in 2008. Following the completion of his undergrad, Chad worked as a Policy Analyst for the Chiefs of Ontario until his return to academia. in the Fall of 2011 Chad began his M.A at the University of Manitoba in Political Studies, with a focus in Canadian and Comparative Politics - completing his degree in August 2013. Chad's M.A thesis looked at the potential and validity of the Indigenous vote in Canada and how this impacted competing concepts of citizenship and sovereignty between Canada and Indigenous nations.
Following the completion of his M.A, Chad began his PhD at the University of Alberta in Political Science in the Fall of 2013. Currently, Chad continues to assess Indigenous electoral participation - specifically reviewing if the utilization of Canada's federal electoral institution has promoted Indigenous interests and pathways of reconciliation between them and the Canadian state. Topics of interest to Chad include, but are not limited to: federalism, Indigeneity, Indigenous politics and governance, sovereignty, citizenship, Quebec/Indigenous relations, Canadian/Indigenous relations, elections and voting, institutions, as well as political parties.