Philosophy Department

Nicholas Shrubsole

Nicholas Shrubsole, Ph.D.

  • Program Director of Humanities and Cultural Studies
  • Lecturer
  • Nicholas.Shrubsole@ucf.edu
  • 407-823-2249
  • Office Hours: Virtual office hours by email
  • Campus Location: PSY0234
Nicholas Shrubsole arrived at the University of Central Florida in 2015. Prior to arriving in Florida, he was a full-time lecturer at St. Jerome's University in the University of Waterloo in southwestern Ontario, Canada. As a lecturer in Religious Studies, he was responsible for several courses including Religion and the Law, World Religions and Politics, Evil, and Religion and Popular Culture. He also has experience teaching in Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice programs, including courses on Indigenous Peoples and the Canadian State and Global Issues of Social Justice and Peace. 

Education

  • Ph.D. in Religious Studies from University of Waterloo (2013)
  • M.A. in Religion and Culture from Wilfrid Laurier University (2006)
  • B.A. in History from Wilfrid Laurier University (2005)

Research Interests

  • The rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Contemporary Indigenous Religious Traditions and Philosophy
  • Religious Freedom
  • Religion and the law
  • Religion and politics
  • Religion in Canada
  • Secularization

Recent Research Activities

Currently, Shrubsole is working on a book project titled The Search for Indigenous Religious Freedom in Canada. The book explores how the definition, location, and conditions of religion offered in the colonial state of Canada continue to impede the survival and development of indigenous religions today. The book explores various means of redress, including the Canadian Constitution (domestic legal redress), modern democratic processes of engagement (domestic political forms of redress), and the viability of international mechanisms such as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (international redress) in the pursuit of a more just state. 

Selected Publications

Articles/Essays

  • Shrubsole, Nicholas. Secularization, Dispossession, and Forced Deprivatization: The Conditions of Public Religion and the Protection of First Nations’ Sacred Space. Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses. 45(3) 2016: 335 –359. (PR)

  • Shrubsole, Nicholas. Denying and Limiting Religious Freedom: Ktunaxa Nation v. British Columbia, 2015. The Ecumenist 52(4), 15.
  • Shrubsole, Nicholas. The Decision in Ktunaxa Nation v. British Columbia, 2014: Theology in the Courts and Indigenous Religious Freedom. The Ecumenist 51(4) 2014: 8–13.

  • Shrubsole, Nicholas. The Sun Dance and the Gustafsen Lake Standoff: Healing Through Resistance and the Danger of Dismissing Religion. International Indigenous Policy Journal 2(4), October 2011. 

Book Sections/Chapters

  • Shrubsole, Nicholas and P. Whitney Lackenbauer. The Gustafsen Lake Standoff. In Blockades or Breakthroughs? Aboriginal Peoples Confront the Canadian State, 1970-2007, eds., Yale Belanger and P. Whitney Lackenbauer. Montreal-Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 314–355.

Book Reviews

  • Tom Bailey and Valentina Gentile, eds. Rawls and Religion (New York: Columbia University Press, 2014). Journal of Church and State  58(3) 2016: 560-562.

Conference Papers/Presentations

  • Forthcoming Shrubsole, N. Incommensurability and the Challenge for Indigenous Religious Freedom Claims. American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, November 2017.

  • Forthcoming Shrubsole, N. "Setting Precedent on Indigenous Religious Freedom in Canada: The Ktunaxa Nation Supreme Court Decision." Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 2017.
  • Forthcoming Shrubsole, N. "Skiing in the Presence of the Kachina and Kⱡawⱡa Tukⱡuⱡakʔis: A Comparative Assessment of the Treatment of Navajo-Hopi and Ktunaxa Religious Freedom Claims." Canadian Society for the Study of Religion Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, May 2017.
  • Panelist. Precarious Lives: Economy, Identity, and Luck in Contemporary Academia. American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX, November 2016.
  • Shrubsole, N. The End of Indigenous Religious Freedom in Canada? The Ktunaxa Nation Defeat in the British Columbia Court of Appeals (2015). Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI, May 2016.

  • Shrubsole, N. Ktunaxa Nation v. British Columbia, 2014: Theological Exclusivity and Indigenous Religious Freedom. Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, June 2015.

  • Shrubsole, N. ‘Religions Plus:’ Constitutional Contradictions and an Argument for the Special Protection of Indigenous Religious Freedom in Canada. American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA, November 2014.

  • Shrubsole, N. and K. Green. “Please Resist, It May Be All There Is”: The Secularization Debate in the Punk Rock Subculture. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences/Canadian Society for the Study of Religion, St. Catherine’s, ON, June 2014.

  • Shrubsole, N. Religion, Recognition and Consultation in Kelly Lake Cree Nation v. British Columbia. Indigenous Studies Summer Program Participants’ Panel, Columbia University, June 2014.

  • Shrubsole, N. First Nations Sacred Sites and Section 2(a): Cases from British Columbia and the Challenge of Natural Physical Space for Religious Freedom in a Liberal Democratic Canada. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences/Canadian Society for the Study of Religion, Victoria, BC, June 2013.

  • Shrubsole, N. Sacred Sites and Religious Rights: Indigenous Religious Freedom and Sacred Sites in the Secular Canadian State. Public Presentation, St. Paul’s University College in the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, March 2013

  • Shrubsole, N. Property, Religion, and the Legal Relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the Canadian State: Historical Roots and Contemporary Issues, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November 2011.

  • Shrubsole, N. The Sun Dance and Violent Resistance: Healing through Political Action at Gustafsen Lake and Wounded Knee, Religion and Public Life Conference, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, February 2011.

  • Shrubsole, N. Mining for Nickel in Sacred Space: the Innu and Voisey’s Bay, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences/Canadian Society for the Study of Religion, Montreal, PQ, June 2010.

  • Shrubsole, N. Panellist for ‘Aboriginal Peoples, Religion, and Public Dialogue in Canada,’ American Academy of Religion Eastern International Regional Meeting, Ottawa, ON, May 2010

  • Shrubsole, N. The Limits of the Deliberative Democratic Process: Negotiating First Nations’ Sacred Space, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Montreal PQ, November 2009.

  • Shrubsole, N. Forced “Deprivatization” and the Public Conditions of Religion: First Nations Sacred Sites in Canada’s Courts, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Montreal PQ, November 2009

Miscellaneous Publications

  • Shrubsole, N. Reflection, Agency and Active Learning. In Faculty Focus 15(1) 2016: 8-9.
  • Seljak, David, Joanne Benham Rennick, and Nicholas Shrubsole. Christianity and Citizenship. In Religion and Citizenship in Canada: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunitiesed. Paul Bramadat, 14-54. Report prepared for Citizenship and Immigration Canada by the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, University of Victoria. Submitted March 2011.

Activities

In addition to his roles at the University of Central Florida, Shrubsole will be sitting on the Committee for the Status of Persons with Disabilities in the Academy at the American Academy of Religion beginning in January 2016. 

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11523 HUM2020 Encountering the Humanities Web Web Not Online
No Description Available
10406 HUM4933 Senior Research Seminar Face2Face Tu 6:00PM - 8:50PM Not Online
No Description Available
11272 REL2300 World Religions Web Web Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80629 HUM2020 Encountering the Humanities Rdce Time M,W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
81698 HUM2020 Encountering the Humanities Rdce Time M,W 10:30AM - 11:20AM Not Online
No Description Available
81442 REL2000 Intro to Rel and Cult St Web Web Not Online
No Description Available
80471 REL2300 World Religions Web Web Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
51151 HUM2020 Encountering the Humanities Web B Web Not Online
No Description Available
51107 HUM2210 Humanistic Tradition Ⅰ Web A Web Available
This course provides an interdisciplinary and multicultural study of the arts and sciences that contributed from diverse human traditions to world civilization. Our focus in this first half of the Humanistic Traditions sequence is on ancient civilizations and the cultural heritage stemming from them. This course begins in the prehistoric periods and concludes with the European Renaissance.
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19832 HUM2020 Encountering the Humanities Face2Face Tu,Th 12:00PM - 1:15PM Available
This course is an introduction to humanities ideas, research methods, and approaches to scholarship and creative work. Students will be introduced to diverse tools and approaches for critically examining intellectual, cultural, and creative human expression. While we will discuss diverse subjects over the semester, there is a common unifying theme: “Responding to the Dominant.” Together, we will encounter Native American literature and film, the street art of such artists as Keith Haring, and subcultural protest music in the genres of punk and hip hop. Through an interdisciplinary approach, we will explore how these expressions embody responses to colonialism, racism, economic disparities, oppression and discrimination, not only through words, but images, sounds, and the very act and physical locations of expression.
18537 PHH3701 Native American Philosophy Face2Face Tu,Th 3:00PM - 4:15PM Available
This course explores contemporary Indigenous (Native American) philosophies. First and foremost, we must remember that “Native American” and the broader term “indigenous” are umbrella terms used to categorize diverse nations. While each indigenous thinker explored in this course may express similar ideas, it is important to highlight the unique traditions and contexts from within which each writer teaches. We should not mistake common ground for a homogenized singular philosophical approach.

Until indigenous peoples secured access to the academy as part of their ongoing pursuit of self-determination and self-development, settler societies viewed indigenous peoples as a historically-locatable singularity in need of transitional support into superior Euro-American epistemological frameworks. Indigenous peoples have always possessed their own ways of knowing, but the rest of the world largely turned a deaf ear. This course provides an opportunity to listen.

Following a broader introduction to the subject of Native American philosophy in McPherson and Rabb’s Indian from the Inside, we will explore some of the most critical thinkers in Native American philosophy. Apache scholar Viola Cordova was the first indigenous woman to receive a doctoral degree in Philosophy. Sioux scholar Vine Deloria Jr. is largely renowned as one of the most influential writers in Native American thought. Mohawk scholar Taiaiake Alfred, living in a country he does not recognize, may be one of the most impactful and influential indigenous philosophers today. Finally, Anishinaabe scholar Winona LaDuke is a well-known indigenous activist on the environment and recovery of tribal lands, among other causes.
11341 REL2300 World Religions Web Web Available
This course examines the basic features and historical backgrounds of a variety of religious traditions (such as Buddhism and Islam) and collections of religious traditions (such as indigenous religions and new religious movements) with a particular emphasis on the local and the global in the modern world. For this reason, we will step beyond the traditional parameters of studying religions in isolation from each other to explore the intersections of mobile, transnational, publicly-engaged religions today. Additional subjects of discussion include religion and politics, religion and violence, religion and gender, and secularization.
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
92519 HUM2020 Encountering the Humanities Face2Face Tu,Th 12:00PM - 1:15PM Available
This course is an introduction to humanities ideas, research methods, and approaches to scholarship and creative work. Students will be introduced to diverse tools and approaches for critically examining intellectual, cultural, and creative human expression. While we will discuss diverse subjects over the semester, there is a common unifying theme: “Responding to the Dominant.” Together, we will encounter Native American literature and film, the street art of such artists as Keith Haring, and subcultural protest music in the genres of punk and hip hop. Through an interdisciplinary approach, we will explore how these expressions embody responses to colonialism, racism, economic disparities, oppression and discrimination, not only through words, but images, sounds, and the very act and physical locations of expression.
80136 HUM2210 Humanistic Tradition Ⅰ Face2Face Tu,Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Available
This course provides an interdisciplinary and multicultural study of the arts and sciences that contributed from diverse human traditions to world civilization. Our focus in this first half of the Humanistic Traditions sequence is on ancient civilizations and the cultural heritage stemming from them. This course begins in the prehistoric periods and concludes with the European Renaissance.
80483 HUM2210 Humanistic Tradition Ⅰ Face2Face Tu,Th 4:30PM - 5:45PM Available
This course provides an interdisciplinary and multicultural study of the arts and sciences that contributed from diverse human traditions to world civilization. Our focus in this first half of the Humanistic Traditions sequence is on ancient civilizations and the cultural heritage stemming from them. This course begins in the prehistoric periods and concludes with the European Renaissance.
80479 REL2300 World Religions Web Web Available
This course examines the basic features and historical backgrounds of a variety of religious traditions (such as Buddhism and Islam) and collections of religious traditions (such as indigenous religions and new religious movements) with a particular emphasis on the local and the global in the modern world. For this reason, we will step beyond the traditional parameters of studying religions in isolation from each other to explore the intersections of mobile, transnational, publicly-engaged religions today. Additional subjects of discussion include religion and politics, religion and violence, religion and gender, and secularization.
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
51041 HUM2020 Encountering the Humanities Face2Face B M,Tu,W,Th 12:00PM - 1:50PM Available
This course is an introduction to humanities ideas, research methods, and approaches to scholarship and creative work. Students will be introduced to diverse tools and approaches for critically examining intellectual, cultural, and creative human expression. While we will discuss diverse subjects over the semester, there is a common unifying theme: “Responding to the Dominant.” Together, we will encounter Native American literature and film, the street art of such artists as Keith Haring, and subcultural protest music in the genres of punk and hip hop. Through an interdisciplinary approach, we will explore how these expressions embody responses to colonialism, racism, economic disparities, oppression and discrimination, not only through words, but images, sounds, and the very act and physical locations of expression.
50978 HUM2210 Humanistic Tradition Ⅰ Web A Web Available
This course provides an interdisciplinary and multicultural study of the arts and sciences that contributed from diverse human traditions to world civilization. Our focus in this first half of the Humanistic Traditions sequence is on ancient civilizations and the cultural heritage stemming from them. This course begins in the prehistoric periods and concludes with the European Renaissance.

Updated: Apr 16, 2017

Philosophy Department • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
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