Devi Dee Mucina

Devi Dee Mucina
Position
Program Director
Indigenous Governance
Credentials

PhD (Toronto)

Contact
Office: HSD A260

Background

Devi Dee Mucina is an Indigenous Ubuntu from the Ngoni and Shona people of southern Africa. He received his PhD from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, department of Sociology and Equity Studies, University of Toronto.

His academic interests are Indigenous African philosophies, decolonizing Indigenous masculinities, Indigenous fathering and other-fathering, and using Ubuntu oralities and disability studies to understand the social memory of Indigenous children.

Devi has two current research projects. His first research project uses three distinctive continental locations—Africa, Turtle Island (North America), and Oceania—to investigate how Indigenous men's associations are nurturing men’s relational health and decolonizing masculinities. At the center of this research are questions about how Indigenous men’s associations are supporting Indigenous men to renew traditions grounded in holistic relational engagements while being grounded in decolonizing Indigenous men’s holistic wellness which is intimately connected with the wellness of intimate partners, families, communities, lands and bodies of waters. 

His other research explores the impact of parental and familial members’ incarceration on their children and questions the risk factors this creates for their future incarceration from an Indigenous intersectional theoretical framework.

Selected publications

Articles published in refereed journals

Mucina, D. D. (2020). How Our Lived Ubuntu Experience Can Widen Our Dreams: An Indigenous Narrative. African Journal of Social Work, Volume 10, No 1: Special Issue on Ubuntu Social Work.  https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajsw/article/view/194093

von der Porten, S., Corntassel, J., and Mucina, D. (2019). Strategies for the reassertion of Indigenous authority and inter-Indigenous collaboration regarding marine resources. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1177180118823560

Levac, L., McMurtry, L., Stienstra, D., Baikie, G., Hanson, C., Mucina, D. (2018). Learning Across Indigenous And Western Knowledge Systems And Intersectionality: Reconciling Social Science Research Approaches. Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women http://www.criaw-icref.ca/en/product/learning-across-indigenous-and-western-knowledge-systems-

Referred monograph books

Mucina, D. D. (Fall 2019). Ubuntu Relational Love: Decolonizing Black Masculinities. University of Manitoba Press. https://uofmpress.ca/books/detail/ubuntu-relational-love

Mucina, D. D. (2010). Our Orality Is Our Collective History As Maseko Ngoni: Revitalizing Memory in Honour of Ubuntu. Lambert Academic Publishing.

Referred edited books

Corntassel, J., Alfred, T., Goodyear–Ka‘ōpua, N., Silva, N. K., Aikau, H., Mucina, D. (Eds.). (2018). Everyday Acts of Resurgence: People, Places, Practices. Daykeeper Press.

Wane, D., Mucina, D., Zirah, J., Tewelde, Y., Adyanga, A. F., Opini, B., Manyimo, E., Newman, N. (2009). A Glance at Africa. Bloomington, Indiana: AuthorHouse. 

Referred chapters in books

Mucina, D. D. (2020). A Journal on Ubuntu Spirituality. In N. Wane, M. Todorova & J. Benn-John (Eds.). Decolonizing the Spirit Anthology: Resistance and Solidarity. Palgrave Macmillan Publishing.

Hackett, V.C.R., Gooden, A., Allan, B. & Mucina, D. (2020). Walking together: Indigenous and Black perspectives on decolonizing education. In Naadli T. Ormiston, Kundoqk J. Green & K. Aguirre (Eds.) S’tenistolw: Moving forward in Indigenous higher education. Vernon, BC: J Charlton Publishing.

von der Porten, S., Ota, Y., and Mucina, D. (2019). Indigenous Knowledge, Knowledge-Holders and Marine Environmental Governance. In T. Thornton and S. Bhagwat (Eds.), Handbook of Indigenous Environmental Knowledge: Global Themes and Practice. Taylor & Francis.

Mucina, D. D. (2018). Decolonizing Indigenous Fatherhood. In Corntassel, J., Alfred, T., Goodyear–Ka‘ōpua, N., Silva, N. K., Aikau, H., Mucina, D. (Eds.). Everyday Acts of Resurgence: People, Places, Practices. Daykeeper Press.

Mucina, D. D. (2018). The Journey to You, Baba. In Wong, Yuk-Lin Renita & Batacharya, Sheila (Eds.). Embodiment, Pedagogy and Decolonization: Critical and Materialist Considerations.  Athabasca University Press.

Awards

External grant awards

2019

CIHR. Training Grant: Idea Fair and Learning Circle on Indigenous Gender and Wellness in June 2019 as a research presenter. Application Title: Gule Wamukulu: A Community Fathering and Mothering Structure for Ubuntu Men. Awarded: $5000

2018-2023

SSRCH Insight Grants as co-investigator. Application Title: Decolonizing sport: Indigeneity, hockey, and Canadian nationhood. Awarded: $338,956 file #435-2018-0115

2017-2022

CIHR. Training Grant: Indigenous Mentorship Network Program as a co-applicant and a New Investigator. Application Title: Indigenous Mentorship Network of the Pacific Northwest. Awarded: $1,000,000 file # 385015

2016-2017

SSRCH Knowledge Synthesis Grants as co-investigator. Application Title: Aboriginal-Two-eyed seeing and intersectionality: Reconciling research approaches. Awarded: $24,861 file # 872-2016-0035

2015-2016

SSRCH Connection Grant as collaborator. Application Title: (Re) Building Inclusive Societies: Critical Reflections on Disability and Global Development. Awarded: $34,030 file # 611-2014-0203

International Development Research Centre (IDRC) grant as collaborator. Application Title: (Re) Building Inclusive Societies: Critical Reflections on Disability and Global Development. Awarded: $60,000

Internal grant awards

2018-2019

IRCPG - SSHRC Institutional Grant 2018/19 as Principal Investigator. Title: Gule Wamukulu: A Community Fathering Structure for Ubuntu Men. Awarded: $7,000 file # 50347-54252