Jed Kinnison

Ph.D. Candidate

I am a Ph.D. candidate studying political geographies with a minor in law. My research focuses on how, following WWII, the International LabourOrganization (ILO) was delegated the project of dealing with what was termed the “indigenous problem.” My dissertation focuses on how the ILO’s work on this topic involved denationalization, a process now described by the term, genocide, following Lemkin's 1944 coining of the neologism.

I completed my M.A. at the University of Arizona. My masters thesis analyzed the decolonization debates at the United Nations, exploring how Indigenous peoples were left without a right to decolonize. Using primarily archival research, the thesis focused on the internal colonization imbedded in the UN’s decolonization process and present international law. My Ph.D. studies build upon this work.

Prior to joining the Geography Department at the University of Arizona, I worked as a labor organizer representing health care workers in California. I graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2006 with a degree in Ethnic Studies and a concentration in American Indian Studies.

In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my wife, a University of Arizona law professor, and our two children.