University of Manitoba: Professor Receives Fulbright Award to Conduct Research in the USA Comparing American Indian Boarding Schools and Canadian Residential Schools

Sep 19, 2011 | Corporate Member News

Dr. Andrew Woolford

Andrew Woolford, an Associate Professor with the University of Manitoba’s Department of Sociology, has been granted a Fulbright Scholar Award to the University of New Mexico. Dr. Woolford will spend four months, starting in January 2012, researching for a project entitled: “A Tonic for the Boarding School Blues? Genocide and Historical Redress in Canada and the U.S.” 

As a Fulbright Scholar with the University of New Mexico’s Department of Sociology, Woolford’s project will compare American Indian boarding schools and Canadian residential schools, and he hopes to address questions of genocide and learn about the movement for boarding school reparations. 

“It is with a great deal of pleasure that I welcome Dr. Andrew Woolford to the distinguished group of Canada-U.S. Fulbright Scholars,” says Dr. Michael Hawes, Executive Director of Fulbright Canada. “Dr. Woolford is extremely deserving of this award, and I have no doubt his research will produce unique and critical insights into the impact of indigenous people’s experience with boarding school practices in North America, which will have tremendous impact on both sides of the border.” 

Woolford holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of British Columbia. He earned his Masters in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario, and a BA in Sociology from the University of Victoria. He has been with the University of Manitoba since 2002, and has held a number of teaching positions within the Department of Sociology, where he has received several teaching and research prizes for his work. Woolford has been widely published in peer reviewed and academic journals, and he is the author of several books on restorative justice and conflict resolution. 

By engaging our brightest minds in academic exchanges, Fulbright Canada seeks to enhance mutual understanding between the people of Canada and the people of the United States. Through its bilateral academic exchanges, outstanding students, scholars and professionals strengthen Canada-U.S. relations by examining a wide range of subjects which are critical to the relationship between the two countries. 

Operating in over 150 countries worldwide, the Fulbright program has long been regarded as the world’s premiere academic exchange. With the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and the United States Department of State, Fulbright Canada is the gold standard for academic exchanges and intellectual opportunity. For more information please visit

For more information contact Sean Moore, Marketing Communications Office, University of Manitoba, 204-474-7963 ([email protected]).

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