Dr. Donica Belisle is a social and cultural historian of northern North America. Currently she writing a book about the global and local histories 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 a piece on anti-Chinese racism within historic white discourse about clean eating.
In most cases, Dr. Belisle approaches the past from a materialist and intersectional perspective, meaning that she views material circumstances and ideas about social identity as integral to people’s lives. She is currently supervising graduate students in the areas of Métis, sugar, and gender history, and has a strong track record for helping her students win funding and publish articles. Dr. Belisle has received SSHRC funding since 2005 and currently holds a SSHRC Insight Grant.
Dr. Belisle is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Regina, which 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. Today, these lands continue to be the shared Territory of many diverse peoples from near and far.