Chris Andersen is Métis and grew up in the Parkland region of Saskatchewan. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Native Studies. He completed his PhD in sociology at the University of Alberta. He is currently the Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty, the Chair of Graduate Studies and he edits aboriginal policy studies, an online, open source journal on Metis, non-Status Indian and urban Aboriginal issues. He also recently took over as Director of the Rupertsland Centre for Metis Research. http://nativestudies.ualberta.ca/research/ruptersland-centre-for-metis-research
His major research interests relate to how “Métis” as an administrative category has been conceived of by various governments and in particular, how it has been generated in the courts and the census. Most recently, he is working on a SSHRC funded project on post-WWII everyday Metis life in the Parkland region of Saskatchewan.