Emily Snyder

(She, Her, Hers)

Assistant Professor

Office: ART 315
Email: emily.snyder@ubc.ca

Research Summary

Socio-legal studies; social inequalities; gender, sexuality, and law; HIV criminalization; Indigenous laws and legal issues; connections between health and law.

Courses & Teaching

Social inequality


PhD, University of Alberta
MA, Carleton University
BA (Hons), Saint Mary’s University

Research Interests & Projects

My research focuses on law and health as social sites through which inequalities can be reproduced and constructed, but also examines how inequalities are challenged through feminist, Indigenous, and decolonial praxis. Drawing on methods such as critical discourse analysis, interviewing, and working in collaboration with others through community-engaged partnerships, I examine issues such as gendered power dynamics in law, intersectional legal education, and social constructions of criminality and HIV in settler colonial contexts. I am a settler scholar working and living on the unceded territory of the Syilx Peoples.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Snyder, Emily (2021). Indigenous Feminist Legal Pedagogies. Osgoode Hall Law Journal, 58(2), 385-417.

Snyder, Emily & Kisikaw Piyesis, Margaret (2021). Indigenous Resilience and Allyship in the Context of HIV Non-Disclosure Criminalization: Conversations with Indigenous People Living with HIV and Allies Working in Support of Community. Journal of Indigenous HIV Research, 11.

Snyder, Emily & Anderson, Christy (2021). Assessing Legal Issues and Challenges Faced in Indigenous Legal Advocacy During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Interim Report.

Napoleon, Val & Snyder, Emily (2020). Housing on Reserve: Developing a Critical Indigenous Feminist Property Theory. In Cameron, A., Graben, S. & Napoleon, V (eds), Creating Indigenous Property: Power, Rights, and Relationships (Toronto: U of T Press), 41-93.

Snyder, Emily (2020). Indigenous feminist legal theory: A multi-juridical analysis of the limits of law on Indigenous women’s health in relation to HIV in Canada. In Iyioha, I. (ed), Women’s Health and the Limits of Law: Domestic and International Perspectives (London: Routledge), 212-231.

Snyder, Emily (2019). Challenges in Gendering Indigenous Legal Education: Insights from Professors Teaching about Indigenous Laws. Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 34(1), 33-53.

Snyder, Emily (2018). Gender, Power, and Representations of Cree Law. UBC Press.

Snyder, Emily (2018). The Impacts of the Criminalization of HIV Non-Disclosure on Indigenous People: A Case Study of Regina. Report. Available online.

Snyder, Emily (2015). Queering Indigenous Legal Studies, Dalhousie Law Journal, 38(2), 591-618.

Snyder, Emily; Napoleon, Val; Borrows, John (2015). Gender and Violence: Drawing on Indigenous Legal Resources. UBC Law Review, 48(2), 593-654.

Snyder, Emily (2014). Indigenous Feminist Legal Theory. Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, 26(2), 365-401.


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