Bouchard, Dr. Michel

Michel Bouchard
PhD (University of Alberta), MA (Université Laval), BA (University of Toronto) Professor Secretary, Institute for Social Research Program Committee Member, Northern Studies
Email: Phone:
  • Prince George


Born and raised in a French-speaking community in Northern Alberta in the shadow of the historical fur economy, he has researched ethnicity and nationalism, particularly in Eastern Europe and Russia. He has studied the history of French-speaking populations in Western North America in the 18th and 19th centuries. This past decade, he has studied Métis ethnogenesis and has published a number of books examining historical Métis communities. Dr. Bouchard served as President of the Canadian Anthropology Society and is currently a co-investigator in a SSHRC-funded research projects examining the history and ethnogenesis of the Acadian Métis.

Research and Expertise

Michel's research interests include: History of the Canadien and Métis of North America, Ethnohistory, Sociolinguistics, Nation, Nationalism, History of Nation, Identity, French North America, the Komi of Russia, Nation in Medieval Russia, Métis Ethnogenesis, Language and Community, Ethnicity.

Research Fields:
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Northern Issues
Areas of Expertise:

Nation, nationalism, French-speaking North America, Russia, Métis, Métis Ethnogenesis, Circumpolar Ethnography

Languages Spoken:
  • English
  • French
  • Russian
Currently accepting graduate students
Supervises in:
  • MA Interdisciplinary Studies

I have supervised a number of Interdisciplinary MA students examining topics such as language, education, history of the Vlach and ethnogenesis. I am particularly interested in finding students seeking to study the Canadien and Métis history of North America as well as looking at questions of identity and nation in Russia and Eastern Europe.

Available to be contacted by the media as a subject matter expert

Selected Publications

2020 Bois-Brûlés: The Untold Story of the Métis of Western Québec. Vancouver: UBCPress. Co-authored with Sébastien Malette and Guillaume Marcotte; authorship listed in alphabetical order.

2019 Les Bois-Brûlés de l’Outaouais. Une étude ethnoculturelle des Métis de la Gatineau. Québec: Les Presses de l’Université Laval. Co-authored with Sébastien Malette and Guillaume Marcotte; authorship listed in alphabetical order.

2016 Songs upon the Rivers: The Buried History of the French-Speaking Canadiens and Métis from the Great Lakes and the Mississippi across to the Pacific. Peer-reviewed book published by Baraka Books, Montreal. Co-authored with Robert Foxcurran and Sébastien Malette.

Curriculum Vitae

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