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Michelle Coupal

Associate Professor
BA (Waterloo), BEd (Western), MA (Waterloo), PhD (Western) Canada Research Chair in Truth, Reconciliation, and Indigenous Literatures.

Office: AH 361
Phone: 306-585-5068

Research interests

Indigenous literatures of Turtle Island; teaching trauma and Indian residential school literature; trauma and testimony: theories and artistic practices; Indigenous pedagogies and classroom protocols; and pedagogies of truth and reconciliation

Michelle Coupal (Algonquin) is Canada Research Chair in Truth, Reconciliation, and Indigenous Literatures, and Associate Professor in the Department of English, University of Regina. Michelle is the President of the Indigenous Literary Studies Association. She specializes in and teaches courses on Indigenous literatures, Indian Residential School literature, Indigenous media/film, and Canadian literature. Michelle is co-editor (with Deanna Reder [Cree/Métis], Joanne Arnott [Métis], and Emalene A. Manuel [Secwepemc/Ktunaxa]) of a collection of the works of Secwepemc/Ktunaxa writer Vera Manuel, Honouring the Strength of Indian Women: Plays, Stories, Poetry. Published by the University of Manitoba Press—First Voices First Texts series—the book is scheduled to be released in April 2019. Michelle’s book-in-progress, Teaching Trauma and Indian Residential School Literatures in Canada, was awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2016-2019) and will be published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Michelle has published and submitted articles on teaching trauma and Indian residential school literature, pedagogies of reconciliation, the cultural work of teaching truth and reconciliation through narrative, and Indigenous positioning protocols in the classroom.