Our people

Lisa Kahaleole Hall

Program director
Indigenous Studies
(Kanaka Maoli) Lisa Kahaleole Hall is the director of Indigenous Studies at UVic. She received an MA and PhD in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. She graduated with a BA cum laude in Women’s Studies from Yale University. Her research and teaching interests include the intersections of race, colonialism, and indigeneity with gender and sexuality.
Office: Clearihue A309
Jeff Corntassel

Associate professor
Indigenous Studies
(Cherokee Nation) Jeff Corntassel received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Arizona in 1998. His research and teaching interests include Indigenous political movements, community resurgence, and sustainable self-determination.
Office: CLE B304 | Office hours: Wednesdays 11:00-12:30pm
Christine O’Bonsawin

Associate professor
History
(Abenaki Nation) Christine received her MA and PhD in Kinesiology (Sport History) from The University of Western Ontario.  Her research and teaching interests include Indigenous experiences, resistance, and activism in sport history, including Olympic and community-centred sport participation.
Office: Clearihue B303
Megan Lukaniec

Assistant professor
Indigenous Studies

(Huron-Wendat Nation) Megan received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests include Indigenous language reclamation and revitalization, language documentation, lexicography, language contact, and language change. Her teaching interests include various topics related to Indigenous languages and their reclamation.

on leave until Dec 31/21
Office: CLE B302
Erynne Gilpin

Assistant teaching professor
Indigenous Studies

(Michif [Manitoba Metis Federation], Filpina, Celtic) Erynne's current research focuses include: Land-based wellness, Traditional Birth-work, Film-based research methodologies and Place-based Knowledge Mobilization in North, Central and South America. 

on leave until Feb 2022
Office: CLE A415
Mick Scow

Assistant teaching professor
Indigenous Studies
(Kwakwaka'wakw/Snuneymuxw) Mick is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria.  His work focuses on revitalizing Indigenous fatherhood and family-based resurgence.
Office: CLE A305 | Office hours: Thursdays 11:30-12:30pm
Clinton Kuzio

Sessional instructor
Indigenous Studies
Office: FPH Rm 135 | Office hours: by appointment
Emily Coon

Sessional instructor
Indigenous Studies
(Kanien'keha;ka) Emily received her MA in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria. Her research and teaching interests include decolonial star worlds, Indigenous feminisms, radical practices of peacemaking, and resurgent (re)mappings of settler occupied places.
Office: CLE A303 | Office hours: Fridays 1:00-2:30pm
Mykelle Pacquing

Sessional instructor
Indigenous Studies
(Tagalog/Ilocano) Mykelle is educated in Anishinaabemowin language and culture and is a doctoral student at X University researching the use of socially-assistive robots for Indigenous language revitalization and education.
Ruth  Parrish

Ruth Parrish

Administrative assistant
Indigenous Studies
(Haida Nation)
Office: CLE A311 | Office hours: Mon-Th 9:30-3:00