Rob Gillezeau is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria with expertise in economic history, public policy and labour economics. His research is primarily divided into two broad areas: the economic history of the Indigenous peoples of North America and racialized protest and police killings of civilians. He is a co-founder of the Canadian Economics Association's Indigenous Economics Study Group (IESG) and his research in the area has investigated the impact of the near extermination of the bison on long-run outcomes, the economic impacts of historical treaty-making, and measuring wellbeing in Indigenous communities using satellite night light data. Along with Dr. Jamein Cunningham from the University of Memphis, he leads the Racial Uprisings Lab at the University of Victoria, which studies the intersection of police killings of civilians, uprisings, and institutions.Their work on policing has been featured in he Washington Post, the New Yorker, and NPR.
In addition to his academic work, Rob has a decade of experience in Canadian electoral politics. He previously served as the Chief Economist to the Leader of the Official Opposition in Ottawa and the senior staffer to the Finance Minister and Deputy Premier of British Columbia. He is an experienced platform writer, having been involved in crafting numerous electoral platforms at the federal, provincial, and municipal level.