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Kyle Willmott

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Sociology & Anthropology

Biography

Kyle Willmott is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Simon Fraser University. Prior to joining SFU, he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta. He is Mohawk from the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation (Tyendinaga). 

Dr. Willmott is a political and economic sociologist interested in Indigenous-settler relations, settler colonialism, racialization, taxation, law, and policy. His SSHRC-funded research agenda is currently focussed on two areas: (1) how fiscal politics are shaped by settler colonialism, racialization, and contention over property, law, and policy, and (2) the institutional construction of policy knowledge and expertise in relation to Indigenous nations.

Dr. Willmott’s work is published in generalist and subfield journals. His empirical and theoretical findings examine: fiscalized racism and the informal function of tax as a form of white political property in relation to Indigenous people (Law & Society Review); how taxpayer subjecthood is constructed through practices of state critique (Economy & Society); the organization of anti-Indigenous political discourse by neoliberal advocacy groups (Canadian Review of Sociology); and the bureaucratic use of legal mechanisms around transparency and commensuration to reshape citizenship in First Nations (Critical Social Policy).

Please see his website, kylewillmott.com for more information and to access .pdfs of his publications.

Education

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. 

Grants

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.