Retired Royal Canadian Navy sailor, trained journalist, creative writer, and PhD candidate.

Samantha Stevens is a British/Canadian settler PhD candidate in collaborative Canadian studies with a Specialization in Political Economy at Carleton University. Her current work respectfully engages with Indigenous communities and explores treaty stories in relation to Restoule vs Canada (Attorney General), more commonly known as the Robinson-Huron Treaty Annuity Lawsuit. Samantha’s research is under the advice and guidance of some of the leading settler studies, literary, and Indigenous legal scholars in Canada and is supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Samantha is currently working on her dissertation and plans to defend by April 2025.

Planning, Predictions, and Fears: The Step into Motherhood

When I found out that I was pregnant back in August 2022, I immediately Googled how other PhD candidates had survived writing a dissertation and going through pregnancy at the same time. There was generally lots of really rosy perspectives about the strength of women, leaning on social networks, and “I succeeded and so can…

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The irony of sharks

A great deal of my research is devoted to working with metaphors. I don’t necessarily mean the literary devices that haunt the minds of undergrad English majors (of which I was one), I mean how metaphors act through our language everyday. According to Prof. David Punter in his book Metaphor (2007), words do not exist…

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An academic in an uneasy world

When I first drafted this post, it was to shamelessly self-promote my latest article and announce that I am almost through my first comprehensive exam. But that got me thinking about how in the last days of my exam I had to force myself to ignore the invasion of Ukraine. After working on my PhD…

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