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Ph.D., Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University, 2012
Dissertation Title: Redefining Pollution: Plastics in the Wild (Open Access)

M.F.A., Studio Art, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2006
Advanced Graduate Certificate in Cultural Studies, 2006
Thesis: Dioramas and Hybridity: Stories and Concepts of Nature

B.F.A. with Distinction, Mount Allison University, 2002


Associate Vice-President (Indigenous Research), Office of the Vice President Research, Memorial University (2-year appointment), 2018-2020

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2016-present
Cross-appointed to Department of Sociology, Program in Environmental Sciences, and Marine Institute Fisheries and Oceans program

Chair of Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, Memorial University of Newfoundland (2-year term), 2015-2017

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2014-2016

Postdoctoral Fellow, Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute, Northeastern University, September 2013 – July 2014

Postdoctoral Fellow, Intel Center for Science and Technology in Social Computing (ICST-S), New York University, January 2013 – August 2013

Publications: see Writing page

Book Contracts
Max Liboiron, Pollution is Colonialism, Duke University Press. Editor: Ken Wissoker. 90,000 words. Status: contract signed, reviews received and revisions due October 31, 2019. Anticipated release in the 2020-2021 Spring catalogue.

Max Liboiron and Josh Lepawsky, Discard Studies, MIT Press. Editor: Beth Clevenger. 40,000 words. Status: contract signed, first draft due December 1, 2020.

Grants (in progress)

2020-2024         Work Package 4: First Nations Data Sovereignty and Infrastructures for Atlantic AAROMs within The Future Ocean and Coastal Infrastructures (FOCI) project. Ocean Frontier Institute. FOCI PIs: Lorenzo Moro, Paul Foley. WP4 PI: Max Liboiron. Co-I: Ken Paul (Assembly of First Nations). Partners: Atlantic Policy Congress (APC) of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat, Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI (MCPEI), Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources (UINR), The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq. Amount of FOCI award: $4.0 Million; WP4: $480,000 [Status: awarded, not yet begun]

2020-2021         Movement of microplastics from land to sea in an urban waterway in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Ocean Frontier Institute Seed Grant. PI: Max Liboiron. Amount of Award: $15,793.20 [Status: in progress]

2019-2022         Towards a marine management plan for Nunatsiavut: Coastal ecosystem research in support of priority concerns of Inuit. ArcticNet. Co-PIs: Tanya Brown (DFO) and Max Liboiron. Project team: David Cote (DFO), Evan Edinger (Biology/Geography, Memorial), Katleen Robert (MI, Memorial), Aaron Fisk (University of Windsor). Collaborators: Rood Laing (Nunatsiavut Government), Liz Pijogge (Nunatsiavut Government), Joey Anganatok (independent), Ian Bradbury (Dalhousie University), Paul Snelgrove (Memorial University), Sara Iverson (Dalhousie University), Marie Noel (Ocean Wise), Anna Posacka (Ocean Wise), Peter Ross (Ocean Wise), Kristin Westdal (Oceans North). Amount of award: $288,372 [Status: in progress]

2019-2020         State of knowledge study on plastic marine debris in Newfoundland and Labrador. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Ocean Management Contribution Program. PI: Max Liboiron. Amount of award: $28,518 [Status: in progress]

2019-2020         Democratizing marine pollution science through DIY instrumentation: Building BabyLegs. MEOPAR Fathom Fund. PI: Max Liboiron. Project Team: Jeffrey Yoo Warren (Public Laboratory for Open Technology), Bronwen Desmore (Public Laboratory for Open Technology). Amount of award: $11,563 (25% crowdfunded, 75% MEOPAR) [Status: in progress]

2018-2022         Community monitoring of plastic pollution in wild food and environments in Nunatsiavut. Northern Contaminants Program (NCP), Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring (ICBCM). Co-Is: Max Liboiron, Liz Pijogge (Nunatsiavut Government), Collaborator: Rodd Laing (Nunatsiavut Government). Amount of award: $97,859 [Status: in progress]

2018-2020         Food, Contaminants, and Culture: Marine plastics and methylmercury contamination in wild food around Lake Melville. Seed, Bridge, and Multidisciplinary Fund, Memorial University of Newfoundland; Co-Is: Max Liboiron, Ashlee Cunsolo (Labrador Institute). Amount of award: $10,000 [Status: in progress]

2018-2020         Community-based monitoring of marine plastic pollution and its chemical loads in Labrador. National Geographic #NGS-391R-18. PI: Max Liboiron. Collaborator: NunatuKavut Community Council. Amount of award: $18,000 [Status: declined due to terms of contract]

2017-2023         Placing Science: Implementing Feminist, Indigenous, and Decolonial Theories of Place and Land in the Laboratory. SSHRC Insight Grant # 435-2017-0567. PI: Max Liboiron; Co-Is: Charles Mather (Memorial University, Geography) & Michelle Murphy (University of Toronto, Women & Gender Studies); Collaborators: Carissa Brown (Memorial University, Geography), Chelsea Rochman (University of Toronto, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology), & Richard Chavolla (Elder, Kumeyaay Nation). Amount of award: $293,633 [Status: in progress]

2017-2022         Inuit Definitions and Practices of Land-Based Wellness in Nunatsiavut: An Insider’s Research Program. President’s Doctoral Student Investment Fund (PDSIF), for Geography PhD student Edward Allen. Amount: $30,000 over 4 years [Status: in progress]

Last updated January 2019