Sara Komarnisky


Sara Komarnisky is a settler scholar based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. She leads research activities and initiatives for Hotıì ts’eeda: NWT SPOR Support Unit, a patient-oriented and Indigenous health research support centre for the Northwest Territories funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and hosted by the Tłįchǫ Government. Dr. Komarnisky holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia where she was a Vanier Scholar from 2010-2013. She has experience with multiple research methods on a variety of topics – from ethnography of transnational life, to material culture and archival research on hospital art and craft, to surveys about youth smoking and drinking, to community-based research to inform tuberculosis policy. Most recently she was a post-doctoral fellow in History at the University of Alberta with the Object Lives and Global Histories in Northern North America project. In that role, she researched the circulation of art and craft made by Indigenous patients at tuberculosis hospitals from the 1930s to the 1960s.
She is mother to one daughter, Ingrid, and the author of numerous scholarly and popular publications including: Mexicans in Alaska: An Ethnography of Mobility, Place and Transnational Life and 150 Acts of Reconciliation (With Crystal Fraser).