Department of Social Justice & Community Studies

Dr. Darryl R. J. Leroux, Associate Professor, Full-Time Faculty - Profile

DarrylRJLerouxProfileImageDept of Social Justice & Community Studies
Saint Mary's University
Halifax, NS, B3H-3C3
Phone: 902-420-5879
Fax: 902-420-5121

Dr. Leroux is on leave in fall 2020


Academic Biography

  • Ph.D. Carleton University, Department of Sociology and Anthropology (2010)
  • M.A. Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education (2005)
  • B. A. (Honours), Trent University, Department of Native Studies (2003)

Darryl Leroux teaches courses in social theory, critical race theory, studies of colonialism, multiculturalism and the politics of social memory. He has taught previously at Carleton University and at the University of Ottawa, in both English and French. His peer-reviewed book, tentatively titled Distorted Descent: Whiteness and the Desire to Become Indigenous, will be published in September 2019.

His research interests revolve around three main themes:

  • He received a three-year Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant in 2016 to study the connections between national genomics and genealogy in Quebec.  The project seeks to understand whether and/or in which ways newer DNA-based technologies are interacting with older blood-based ones to redefine understandings of race and racism.  The project employs conventional ethnographic research in three regions of Quebec, as well as a dynamic "virtual" ethonography component that includes online genealogy forums.
  • As part of his work on the politics of race, racism, and colonialism in Quebec and French Canada, he studies the social, political, and legal dynamics that have led French-descendant people to increasingly claim Indigenous identities over the past decade-and-a-half.  In particular, he seeks to record and understand the work of so-called metis organizations in Quebec, which often openly oppose existing Indigenous peoples' rights and/or claims.

Selected Publications

  • Leroux, Darryl. In Press." Le Révisionnisme historique et la création des Métis de l'est: la mythologie du métissage au Québec et en Nouvelle-Écosse. "Politiques et société.
  • Leroux, Darryl. 2018."We've been here for 2,000 years": White Settlers, Native American DNA and the Politics of Indigeneity." Social Studies of Science.
  • Leroux, Darryl. and Lynn Caldwell. 2017. “The Settler-Colonial Imagination: Comparing Commemoration in Saskatchewan and Québec.” Memory Studies.
  • Gaudry, Adam and Darryl Leroux. 2017. "White Settler Revisionism and Making Metis Everywhere: The Contemporary Evocation of Metissage in Quebec and Nova Scotia. Jourrnal of Critical Ethnic Studies, 3(1):116-42
  • Vowel, Chelsea and Darryl Leroux. 2016. "White Settler Antipathy and the Daniels Decision." TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies (36): 30-42.
  • Leroux, Darryl. 2016. "Le Grand livre de Champlain: Cartography, Colonialism, and Commemoration in the French Atlantic." Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. 18(3):404-421.
  • Leroux, Darryl. 2015. “ ‘A Genealogist’s Paradise:’ France, Québec, and the Genealogics of Race." Ethnic and Racial Studies. 38(5): 718−33.
  • Leroux, Darryl and Malinda Smith. 2014.  "Multiculturalism within a Bilingual Framework: Introduction to Review Dossier." Canadian Ethnic Studies/Études ethniques au Canada 46(2): 97−102.
  • Leroux, Darryl. 2014. "Entrenching Euro-Settlerism: Multiculturalism and the Politics of Nationalism in Québec." Canadian Ethnic Studies/Études ethniques au Canada 46(2): 117−24.
  • Caldwell, Lynn, Darryl Leroux, and Carrianne Leung. (eds.) 2013. Critical Inquiries: A Reader in Studies of Canada. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing.
  • Leroux, Darryl. 2013. “The Many Paradoxes of Race in Québec: Civilization, Laïcité and Gender (In)Equality,” in Critical Inquiries: A Reader in Studies of Canada. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing.
  • Leroux, Darryl. 2012. “Debating Québec’s Interculturalism as a Response to Canada’s Multiculturalism: An Exercise in Normative Nationalisms?” Canadian Diversity/Diversité canadienne, 9(2), 67-71.
  • Leroux, Darryl. 2011. “Québec in France: Towards an understanding of the trans-Atlantic French-Québec subject.” Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 17(3), 373-91.
  • Leroux, Darryl. 2010. “Québec Nationalism and the Production of Difference: The Bouchard-Taylor Commission, Québec Identity Act, and Québec's Immigrant Integration Policy.” Quebec Studies, 49, 107-26.
  • Leroux, Darryl. 2010. “The Spectacle of Champlain: Commemorating Québec.” Borderlands, 9(1).

Current Courses

  • Social Power Relations 
  • Race, Racism, Colonialism 
  • Legacies of Settler Colonialism

Watch Dr. Leroux's interview on "APTN's Face to Face" from October 30, 2018.

Listen to an audio podcast of Dr. Leroux's public lecture entitled "Self-made metis" delivered October 9, 2018 in Montreal, sponsored by Maisonneuve magazine.

Listen to an audio podcast (in French) of Dr. Leroux's public lecture entitled "Le révisionnisme historique et l'auto-autochtonisation: la création des Métis de l'est" delivered September 27, 2017 at the Université de Montreal, sponsored by the DESS en récits et médias autochtones.

Listen and watch an audio podcast of Dr. Leroux and Dr. Gaudry's public lecture entitled "White Settler Revisionism and Making Metis Everywhere: The Evocation of Metissage in Quebec and Nova Scotia." delivered October 14, 2016, sponsored by the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta.

Listen and watch an audio podcast of Dr. Leroux's public lecture entitled "Politics of Race in Quebec: Blood, Genes & National Identity", delivered October 13, 2016 at the Political Science Speakers Series at the University of Alberta. 

Listen to an audio podcast of Dr. Leroux's public lecture entitled “Now I am Métis: How White People Become Indigenous, ” delivered March 12th, 2015 at the Native Studies Speakers Seminar at the University of Saskatchewan.