Franz Boas PapersWestern Social Science

Michael Asch

Michael Asch 

Profile

Michael Asch is Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta and a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria. Dr. Asch graduated with a B.A., majoring in Anthropology, from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University. Dr. Asch’s research has primarily engaged issues pertaining to relations between First Nations people and Canada, focusing on political, cultural and legal contexts. His publications include the books: Kinship and the Drum Dance in a Northern Dene Community (1988), Home and Native Land: Aboriginal Rights and the Canadian Constitution (1984) and the edited volume, Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Canada. Currently, Dr. Asch is researching issues concerning representation of Indigenous peoples in anthropological theory, alternative ways to construct relations between Self and Other in Western political thought and on treaty relations. He served as an advisor with the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and with the Dene Nation from the mid-1970s through the late 1990s. Professor Asch is currently a member of the Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) and the American Anthropology Association. Professor Asch was recently awarded the Canada Prize in Social Sciences, Weaver-Tremblay award for distinguished service to Canadian applied anthropology, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.