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Bianca Romagnoli

Graduate Fellow

Bianca Romagnoli is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her dissertation project examines the role of Canadian Rangers within the 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (1CRPG). Through this research, she aims to investigate how Rangers become implicated in nation-building efforts by the Canadian state where increased interest in the lucrative possibilities (for oil and passage) of arctic space since the 1990’s has highlighted Rangers as key actors in Canada’s sovereign claim to the region. Furthermore, her research examines how the shifting geopolitical climate has influenced the militarization of the arctic by the Canadian government.  To explore this positional shift, her project investigates how Canadian Rangers are enfolded into a state-making process as informants of cultural and geographical knowledge and questions how the existence of Indigenous Ranger knowledge allows for the militarization of the north. Bianca received her MA in the Department of Religion from the University of Toronto and her BA in Religious Studies and Political Science from the University of Ottawa.