Logan Mardhani-Bayne

Scholars
2013
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Study program:
PhD history
Current affiliation:
Yale University
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Logan Mardhani-Bayne is examining the extent to which the urban experience of Aboriginal communities has shaped local and national governments’ political recognition of these communities’ rights.

Logan Mardhani-Bayne is a scholar of indigenous studies and history who specializes in municipal governance and social and political thought. Logan’s research considers the place of indigeneity in Canadian social and political thought in the latter half of the twentieth century. He explores how the conceptions of urban modernity underpinning social science and political theory have limited our ability to imagine alternative political relationships between Aboriginal peoples and the Canadian state.

Doctoral research

Urban imaginaries and indigenous sovereignty in postwar Canadian social and political thought

Canada’s Aboriginal population is disproportionately urban, and the scene for addressing the legacies of colonialism has increasingly shifted to Canada’s cities. Over the last four decades, indigenous activists and intellectuals have challenged the Canadian political sphere to take account of Native claims for decolonization and sovereignty, including in urban Canada.

Logan’s research considers the place of indigeneity in Canadian social and political thought in the latter half of the twentieth century. He explores how the conceptions of urban modernity underpinning postwar social science and political theory have limited our ability to imagine alternative political relationships between Aboriginal peoples and the Canadian state. Logan’s work is intended to lend historical perspective to attempts to remake city governance for the twenty-first century in ways that reconcile and contest Canadian colonialism, both past and present.

Logan Mardhani-Bayne is a doctoral candidate at Yale University and a 2013 Trudeau Scholar.

From January 2010 to August 2012, Logan was the managing director of Health Technology Assessment International, a not-for-profit scientific society that works with health system leaders around the world to promote evidence-based policymaking. In this role, he held high-level dialogues on policy issues with leaders from academia, government, and industry; and worked with partner organizations (including the World Health Organization) to build capacity for evidence-based policymaking in emerging health systems.

In 20150-16, Logan worked with the Edmonton Police Service on a series of projects to improve service delivery and engagement for vulnerable persons and for the Indigenous community. Most recently, Logan has worked with senior leadership at the University of Alberta on key strategic initiatives including organizational performance measurement, budget and policy reform, and equity, diversity and inclusion.

Logan has a long history of community involvement as a volunteer. In 2011-12, he served as a member of Edmonton’s Community Service Advisory Board, a City Council-appointed body tasked with providing strategic advice to city administration on community service delivery. Past volunteer engagements include serving on the Board of the Youth Restorative Action Project, an alternative sentencing and mentoring program for young offenders, and coordinating a province-wide youth voter engagement campaign.

Logan completed a master of arts in history at University of Alberta in 2012 and a bachelor of arts (honors) in history in 2006. In 2011, Avenue Magazine named Logan one of Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40.

Experience as a Trudeau Scholar

The Trudeau Scholarship has been an important formative experience for my academic career. The Foundation community provided me with the opportunity to remain engaged in public policy discussions within Canada while developing a future network of high-performing peers; it also challenged me to articulate my research agenda in terms that were relevant and meaningful to a policy-oriented audience. Being a member of the Foundation community has also helped provide me to build broad fluency across a range of policy areas.

The Scholarship’s financial support has also been critical. Attending a wide range of conferences has helped broaden my perspectives and networks while disseminating my own work. I have also been able to use the Scholarship’s travel and research funding to fund collaborations with fellow Scholars as well as other academics in my field. This kind of support has helped to make my work more innovate, more relevant, and more collaborative.