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Angela Tozer

Assistant Professor


Tilley Hall 114

1 506 447 3158

Thematic research and supervisory clusters: Colonialism, diasporas; Atlantic world; Politics, resistance and culture; Oral history/digital storytelling; Environmental history; Indigenous history; Ethnicity, race and nationalism

Temporal period: Modern

Geographical region: Canada; Britain; The Atlantic

Dr. Angela Tozer researches in Canadian history with a focus on the 19th century. Her research explores the relationship between capitalism and settler colonialism. Her current project examines the Canadian public debt, which she argues facilitated settler colonial expansion over Indigenous territories. This project looks at the financialization of the credit/debt relationship that was racialized as settler “creditworthiness,” and predicated on understanding a distinct settler “public.”

Tozer’s research balances between archival and oral history as she works with Indigenous communities, and the knowledges and stories that are shared with her. As a Tamil Canadian her focus is on building respectful professional relationships that prioritize “truth telling,” and a holistic approach to the study of the Canadian settler state that does not exclusively focus on archival and colonial documentation.

Tozer’s next research project will look at the Atlantic eel fisheries. The eel is significant in Mi’kmaw lifeworlds, and to the development of a global fisheries market. This understudied fishery opens up questions about the cultural ideologies that surrounded the commodification of living non-human beings. It looks at the beginnings of a global commodities trade in living beings and how that industry was initially funded through debt financing. A history of the eel fishery allows for an exploration of Canada’s regulation of Indigenous territories, the settler state licensing system, and the permissibility of a fishery trade that significantly depleted the eel population.