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Nicole Lugosi-Schimpf, PhD Candidate, MA, BA Hons.

Assistant Professor

Native Studies | Arts

Political Science

About Me

Nicole V.T. Lugosi-Schimpf is of Métis, Cree, and Hungarian descent originally from Winnipeg, MB. She is an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Native Studies and a PhD Candidate specializing in Comparative Politics and International Relations in the Department of Political Science, at the University of Alberta. She is also the liaise between the Faculty of Native Studies and the Transition Year Program (TYP). She has served as the Graduate Student Representative for International Studies Association (ISA) - Canada and is a member of the Wirth Institute Academic Advisory Board (WAAB). Her work has been presented internationally and she has won numerous awards including the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC) for her doctoral work and the 2012 Routledge International Global Change, Peace & Security Essay Prize (with Mariam Georgis). In addition to her native English, she also speaks Plains Cree (nehiyawewin), Hungarian (magyar), and basic Québecois French. 


Areas of Research Expertise:

  • Nationalism 
  • Populism 
  • Politics of Race (Critical Race Theory, Racialization)
  • Constructions of Identity
  • Gender 
  • Language and Minority Rights 
  • Criminal Justice System 
  • International Security Issues (Sex Trafficking)
  • Comparative work (Canada and Central Eastern Europe)
  • Framing and Discourse Analysis

Current Research Projects:

1. 'Stating the Nation': Nationalist Framing Strategies of Populist Radical Right Parties in Hungary

My doctoral dissertation research examines how the intersecting roles of nationalism, populism, and authoritarianism are used in the framing strategies of Populist Radical Right political parties in Hungary. Particular attention is paid to how ideas of race and gender shape social welfare policy, especially for ethnic (Roma) and gender minorities. 

2. Rethinking Referenda in Iraq and Canada: Insights from an Indigenous International Perspective (Working Paper with Mariam Georgis)

This paper examines how the erasure or attempts to assimilate Mesopotamian and Turtle Island’s Indigenous inhabitants must be studied in conjunction with the modern phenomenon of nationalism and nation/state-building that has required, even necessitated, the removal of those identified as ‘outsiders’ in their own lands.

3. The 'Imaginary Indian' and 'Romanticized Roma': Consequences of Racialized Discourse and Stereotypes 

In this project (early phase), I further explore the findings from my dissertation research on Hungarian Roma and compare them with stereotypes and constructions of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. This research will be presented at a workshop (Budapest, Hungary) and plenary panel (Zagreb, Croatia) in 2020 organized and funded by the Wirth Institute.



NS 152 Introductory Cree

NS 442 Colonialism and the Criminal Justice System 

NS 110 Historical Perspectives in Native Studies

NS 111 Contemporary Perspectives in Native Studies 

Teaching Assistant: 

Pol S 230 Comparative Politics (Global North)

Pol S 350 Gender and Politics 

Pol S 390 Law and Politics