Jean Mitchell



NameJean Mitchell
PositionFaculty Member
Department(s)Sociology and Anthropology
Phone(902) 566-0381
BuildingMain Building 516

Jean Mitchell


Associate Professor (Anthropology)

BA (UPEI); MA (Carleton); MA, PhD (York)

Interested in the relationship between theory and ethnography, Dr. Mitchell has lived for extended periods of time in Indonesia, India and in the South Pacific nations of Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. In India and Solomon Islands she worked for the United Nations in health and urban development programs, while, in Kiribati, gender and fisheries were the subject of a year-long collaborative study. In Vanuatu, extended fieldwork in urban settlements culminated in the creation of the Vanuatu Young People’s Project at the Vanuatu Cultural Centre. In this ongoing project young people are trained in research, advocacy and video production. These interests are present in her present work with a youth project in Hillsborough, Prince Edward Island.

Central to her academic work has been innovative ethnography that privileges collaborative approaches, promotes indigenous researchers and foregrounds the perspectives of gender and youth.

Her recent research on Tonkinese indentured labourers in (New Hebrides) Vanuatu, examines the connections between memory and ethnography, while her SSHRC-funded project entitled “Working Flash, Youth, Labour and Mobility in Vanuatu,” explores various engagements with modernity. Most recently she has edited a book on L. M. Montgomery, through which she has pursued her interest in ideas of place and narration.

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Research Interests

  • Women
  • Melanesia
  • Urbanization
  • Colonialism


Reconciling the past in Erromango (Vanuatu): Cultural memory and missionaries/martyrs from Prince Edward Island
  • Major Research Grant
  • University of Prince Edward Island

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Anne around the world Missing
'Operation Restore Public Hope'Mitchell, Jean
Objects of expert knowledgeMitchell, Jean
Storm and Dissonance: L. M. Montgomery and ConflictMissing
Pacific voicesMissing
A Vietnamese orphan in a French householdMitchell, Jean
Kilem taem (killing time) in a postcolonial townMitchell, Jean
Unfolding the moonMitchell, Jean
Reconfiguring islandsMitchell, Jean
Voices, lenses and paradigmsVeitayaki, J.; Novaczek, Irene
Gender, generational perceptions and community fisheries management in Lelepa, North Efate, VanuatuTarisesei, J.; Novaczek, Irene
Constructing realitiesNovaczek, Irene; Mitchell, Jean; WorldFish Cent., Penang (Malaysia)
Pacific voicesNovaczek, Irene; Mitchell, Jean; Veitayaki, Joeli; , ; ,

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Bridging ‘Islands Of Medicine’LeVangie, Dolores Marie
“We'll have to re-write history”Currie, Mark Trevor

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