Dr. Donica Belisle is a social and cultural historian of northern North America. Currently she writing a transnational history of Canadian sugar. Other publications include a book about consumer culture (Purchasing Power, UTP 2020) and an award-winning book about mass retail (Retail Nation, UBC 2011). She has also written several articles, including most recently one on whites' fears of racial contamination within clean eating discourse.
Dr. Belisle approaches the past from a materialist and intersectional perspective, meaning that she views economic circumstances and ideas about social identity as integral to people’s lives. Anti-racism, anti-colonialism, and feminism are central to her work. She is currently supervising graduate students in the areas of Métis, sugar, and gender history, and has a strong track record for helping students win funding and publish articles. Dr. Belisle has received SSHRC funding since 2005 and currently holds a SSHRC Insight Grant.
A white settler who grew up in Treaty 4 and Treaty 2 lands, Dr. Belisle has an MA from Queen's University and a PhD in Canadian Studies jointly from Trent University and Carleton University. She has been a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia and an Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Athabasca University.
Dr. Belisle is currently an Associate Professor of History at the University of Regina. This university is situated on Treaty 4 lands with a presence in Treaty 6. These are the territories of the nêhiyawak, Anihšināpēk, Dakota, Lakota, and Nakoda, and the homeland of the Métis/Michif Nation.