New and Renewed Canada Research Chairs

The Federal Government has announced an investment in the Canada Research Chairs Program.

Nov 15, 2018

Three researchers in the Faculty of Arts have been named Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) in recognition of excellence in their respective fields of study. The chairs include one new appointment and two renewals.

The federal government invested $156.5 million to support 187 new and renewed CRCs at 49 institutions across the country from the most recent competition.

“Our government is committed to promoting equity and diversity within research and to supporting the next generation of research leaders. These prestigious Canada Research Chairs are improving the lives of Canadians and pushing the boundaries of human knowledge, helping ensure a bright future for Canada,” said Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, in a release.


New CRC in the Faculty of Arts

Alison WylieCanada Research Chair in the Philosophy of Social and Historical Sciences

Dr. Wylie works primarily on epistemic and ethical questions raised by research practice in the social and historical sciences: What counts as evidence? Are ideals of objectivity viable given the central role that contextual values play in all aspects of inquiry? How do we make research accountable – in its aims and its practice – to the diverse communities it affects?


Renewed CRCs in the Faculty of Arts

Sheryl LightfootCanada Research Chair of Global Indigenous Rights and Politics

Dr. Lightfoot is examining Indigenous rights movements, and state responses to Indigenous rights claims. This research will lead to improved understanding of how increased rights for Indigenous peoples will reshape issues such as decolonization, sovereignty and equality.

Canada Research Chair profile


 Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law

Dr. Byers is examining the interaction of international politics and international law on such topics as the Arctic, United States-Canada relations and international organizations. This research will provide evidence of Canada’s claim to the Northwest Passage and lead to the development of new options for foreign policymakers.

Canada Research Chair profile