University of New Mexico School of Law Regents Professor Christine Zuni Cruz was awarded the Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law and Governance at McGill University.


Cruz’s research project, “Toward an Understanding of Indigenous Legal Tradition across Territories: Contextualized Indigenous Legal Order and Comparative Treatment by Nation States,” stems from her work on the Indigenous legal tradition at UNM’s School of Law.

The Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and U.S. (Fulbright Canada) is a binational, treaty-based, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization with a mandate to engage exceptional scholars and students in reciprocal academic exchange between the two countries. Fulbright Canada is celebrating its 30th anniversary during this academic year.

Fulbright Canada’s mission is to enhance mutual understanding by providing support to outstanding students and scholars. It has a firm commitment to community development, diversity and the development of cultural understanding. In doing so, Fulbright Canada aims to grow intellectual capacity, increase productivity and assist in the shaping of future leaders.

Canada Fulbright awards offer a unique opportunity to explore scholarly issues, including important contemporary issues that are relevant to Canada, the U.S and to the relationship between the two countries.

Zuni Cruz is a member of the Pueblo of Isleta and of Ohkay Owingeh descent.