Rachel Ariss received her Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Master of Laws degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and Doctor of Juridical Science from the University of Toronto, Ontario. Following her graduate education, she joined Lakehead University's Sociology Department, teaching sociology of law, law and society and reproductive rights until 2010. Dr. Ariss' research focuses on the relationships between law and social change, and how law shapes (and misshapes) community. Her work includes research on Aboriginal land rights and mining. In 2012, she published, with John Cutfeet, Keeping the Land: Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Reconciliation and Canadian Law through Fernwood Publishing.