Co-director of GRASAC & Associate Professor of History, University of Toronto
Heidi helped to create GRASAC and is currently its co-director (with Cara Krmpotich). She authored the technical design document for the original GRASAC database and has worked closely with software developers to build subsequent phases of it. She has supervised a talented cohort of GRASAC research assistants and together they have participated in numerous team research trips.
Heidi’s research and teaching interests include Anishinaabe political history in the Great Lakes region; Native American writing, communication systems, and material culture as sources for history; treaty relationships; and federal government policies toward indigenous peoples in Canada. She has a broad interest in the types of archives and categories of information both states and non-state societies kept and keep about their people. She is also a practitioner of the digital humanities, and probably likes digital technology too much for her own good. Current projects include a study of Pre-Confederation treaties, 1763-1815, and the significance of wampum in Great Lakes treaty negotiations.