Kyle Willmott

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Sociology & Anthropology


Dr. Kyle Willmott joined the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Simon Fraser University as Assistant Professor of Sociology in 2021. Before joining SFU, he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta. He completed his PhD (Sociology) at SFU, MA (Public Policy) at Toronto Metropolitan University, and BA (Sociology and Geography) at the University of Toronto. He is Mohawk from the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation (Tyendinaga). 

His scholarly work is concerned with the circulation of ideas about budgets, taxes, and numbers in relation to the state, First Nations, and the people around us. To date, Dr. Willmott’s research has centred around the cultural and political figure of ‘the taxpayer’ as a useful subject for understanding the structure of settler colonialism, and liberalism. His current research includes projects that examine the genealogy of taxation in relation to federal Indian policy, the use of transparency as an economic concept in relation to First Nations reserve lands, and on the operation of settler-colonial logics in expert policymaking processes. 

Dr. Willmott's work has been published in Law & Society Review, Economy & Society, Canadian Review of Sociology, and Critical Social Policy. Please see his website, for more information and to access .pdfs of his publications.


PhD (Sociology), Simon Fraser University
MA (Public Policy), Toronto Metropolitan University
BA (Sociology & Geography), University of Toronto 

Areas of Interest

Political Sociology; Economic Sociology; Fiscal Sociology; Taxation; Indigenous-settler Relations; Settler Colonialism; Critical Indigenous Policy Studies; Governmentality; Sociology of Knowledge & Science

Select Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Kyle Willmott. 2022. Taxes, Taxpayers, and Settler Colonialism: Toward a Critical Fiscal Sociology of Tax as White Property. Law & Society Review, 56(1): 6-27.

Media coverage: Aboriginal Peoples Television Network interview

Kyle Willmott & Alec Skillings. 2021. Anti-Indigenous Policy Formation: Settler Colonialism and Neoliberal Political AdvocacyCanadian Review of Sociology, 58(4): 513-530.

Media coverage: Press Progress, Rabble, AlbertaPolitics 

Kyle Willmott. 2020. From Self-Government to Government of the Self: Fiscal Subjectivity, Indigenous Governance and the Politics of Transparency. Critical Social Policy, 40(3): 271-291.

Kyle Willmott. 2019. Mobilizing political strategy: Global practices of taxpayer groups. In D. Laycock (ed.) Political Ideology in Parties, Policy and Civil Society. University of British Columbia Press.

Kyle Willmott. 2017. Taxpayer governmentality: Governing government in Metro Vancouver’s transit tax debateEconomy and Society, 46(2): 255-274. 


2021-2024 SSHRC Insight Development Grant, Principal Investigator.
Making Indigenous Policy in Canadian Think Tanks

2020 Killam Cornerstone Operating Grant (University of Alberta), Principal Investigator
The Making of Expertise on Indigeneity in Canadian Think Tanks

News and Events

Kyle Willmott. 2021. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s politics are anti-Indigenous — so why do media outlets still quote them? The Conversation.

Kyle Willmott. 2021. Taxes, Taxpayers, and Settler ColonialismSpiegel Sohmer Tax Policy Colloquium. McGill University Faculty of Law.