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

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
Christine O’Bonsawin

Associate professor
(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.

Office: CLE B302 | Office hrs: Tues 12:30-1:30 or by appt.
Erynne Gilpin

Assistant teaching professor
Indigenous Studies
(Michif, Filipina, Celtic) Erynne's Doctoral work focused on Indigenous womxn's wellness leadership and land-based governance. Current research focuses include: Film-based storytelling, Intersectionality and Land-based Healing, Perinatal Wellness and Birth-WorkAnti-Oppressive Pedagogies, BIPOC leadership in the "outdoors" and Place-based Knowledge Mobilization in North, Central and South America.
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.
Office: Office hours: Wed 10-11 am on zoom or by appt.
Morgan Mowatt

Sessional instructor
Indigenous Studies

Morgan Mowatt (Gitxsan) is a PhD Candidate in Political Science. Morgan received a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Nationhood (UVic), a MA in Indigenous Governance (UVic), and a BA in Indigenous & Political Studies from Vancouver Island University. Their research and teaching interests include Indigenous sovereignty, law and governance; relationally in governance; non-state (and non-human) internationalisms; land- and water-based knowledge production; gendered and radicalized violence, and community-led research.

Office: Office hours: 2:30-3:30pm on Tues via zoom
Ruth  Parrish

Ruth Parrish

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