Spy Dénommé-Welch


Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Indigenous Arts, Knowledge Systems, and Education

Email: spy.denomme-welch@uwo.ca
Phone: 519.661.2111 x84418

Dr. Spy Dénommé-Welch (Algonquin-Anishnaabe) is an interdisciplinary scholar, educator and artist. His scholarship examines multimodal approaches to Land-based research and creation, qualitative research methodologies, curriculum and assessment, art, and dramaturgy (process and development), looking at how these can produce new forms of knowledge production, education, intercultural collaboration, and artistic expression. He recently completed a two-year SSHRC-IDG funded research project that examined gender representation and expression in historical music and cultural production (publication forthcoming). He currently leads research through his exploratory creation/sound lab, such as the projects Sonic Coordinates: Decolonizing through Land-based music composition (funded by the New Frontiers Research Fund program) and Repatriating music, sound, and knowledge through a series of miniatures, which investigate the epistemologies of music composition, sonic expression, and visual text. 

As part of his ongoing research efforts, Dr. Spy investigates the intersections of collaborative research, composition, storytelling, multimodal texts, and performance through dramaturgical methodologies. As an artist/artist-researcher, composer, librettist/playwright and producer, Dr. Spy actively creates and produces work in music, opera, and theatre, and has various projects slated to premiere in upcoming seasons.

Expertise Areas:

  • Anti-oppressive education
  • Cultural studies
  • Gender studies
  • Indigenous Research Methodologies
  • Interdisciplinary education
  • Race, class, gender and intersectionality
  • Arts in education
  • Decolonizing, anti-colonial and critical indigenous pedagogies
  • Indigenous education
  • Intercultural studies
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Research methods


Interdisciplinary scholarship; curriculum and assessment; qualitative research methodologies; wholistic methodologies; art & art education; Indigenous studies and education; theatre, music, opera; intercultural collaboration; community-based research; interdisciplinary performance; gender representation in art, music and performance; autoethnography; aesthetics; arts-based & land-based research methods.

Teaching and Supervision:

Courses taught:

EDUC 9711B-650 Qualitative Research in Education

 ***Please contact for supervision availability**