Sophie Major is a PhD candidate in the interdisciplinary Energy and Resources Group, studying and researching across the disciplines of political theory, environmental politics, and Indigenous studies. Their dissertation examines the marginalization of Indigenous people and Indigenous knowledge in political theory discourses and asks if and how political theorists ought to engage with Indigenous political thought. Incorporating original ethnographic work with First Nations peoples in British Columbia, Canada, the dissertation introduces a number of case studies, illustrating the strengths of an ethnographic, historicist, genealogical, and interpretive approach to the study of Indigenous political theory. Sophie’s other research interests include de-colonial theory, climate change politics and policy, and the history of political thought.
She holds a B.A and B.Sc. in interdisciplinary political studies from Quest University Canada, and has previously worked in the fields of climate change education and science communication for government.