Research Chairs and Post-Doctoral Fellows in the Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts is home to two Canada Research Chairs, two funded Research Chairs, and a number of Post-Doctoral scholars, all of whom greatly contribute to our vibrant and rigorous research culture. Learn more about these prestigious scholars and their areas of impact.

Canada Research Chairs

The Faculty of Arts' Canada Research Chairs conduct research in areas that enhance the University of Regina's strategic research themes and strengths, and support our capacity to develop world-class centres of research excellence.

Dr. Michelle Coupal (Department of English)
Tier 2 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Canada Research Chair in Truth, Reconciliation, and Indigenous Literatures

Michelle Coupal is an Algonquin/French scholar of Indigenous literatures. She is a Canada Research Chair in Truth, Reconciliation, and Indigenous Literatures, and an Associate Professor at the University of Regina. Michelle is a former President of the Indigenous Literary Studies Association. She specializes in and teaches courses on Indigenous literatures of Turtle Island, Indian Residential School literature, truth and reconciliation studies, Indigenous media/film, and Canadian literature. Michelle was selected to be a juror for the 2021 Indigenous Voices Awards. She recently wrote the foreword to Bevann Fox’s novel, Genocidal Love, and co-edited a collection of the works by Vera Manuel, Honouring the Strength of Indian Women: Plays, Stories, Poetry. She has also recently written articles for The Conversation, Canadian Literature (online), and two edited book collections (L’enseignement des Traités à l’ère de la Réconciliation dans l’Ouest Canadien and Decolonizing and Indigenizing Education in Canada). She is currently co-editing special journal issues for Studies in American Indian Literature and Studies in Canadian Literature. She is also co-editing a book with Deanna Reder called How We Teach Indigenous Literatures. Her open-access website project, How to Teach Stories of Residential School, will be launched in 2021.

Dr. Jennifer Gordon
(Department of Psychology)

Tier II Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Canada Research Chair in the Biopsychosocial Determinants of Women's Mental Health

Dr. Jennifer Gordon is Canada Research Chair in the Biopsychosocial Determinants of Women’s Mental Health and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. Her research aims to understand how hormones and the psychosocial environment interact to influence mood in the context of reproductive events such as childbirth and the transition to menopause. Although each reproductive mood disorder - from premenstrual dysphoric disorder to perinatal depression and perimenopausal depression - has unique features, it is believed they all share common underlying processes that relate to increased sensitivity to changes in reproductive hormones, namely estrogen and progesterone. By shedding light on these processes, ultimately, Dr. Gordon’s research will assist in better predicting, preventing and treating depression across the female life span.


Funded Research Chairs

Funded research chairs are those established through external grant or partnership funding or donations from individuals or organizations.

Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropoulos (Department of Psychology)
Research Chair in Aging and Health

Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropoulos is Research Chair in Aging and Health, and Director of the Health Psychology Laboratory. His research, which has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the AGE WELL National Centres of Excellence, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), focuses on psychological issues in pain. His area of recent focus has been pain assessment and management among seniors, with a special emphasis on seniors who have severe limitations in ability to communicate because of dementia. Thomas has also conducted extensive scholarly work in the area of ethics and professional standards.

Dr. Rick Ruddell (Department of Justice Studies)
Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Chair in Police Studies

Dr. Rick Ruddell is the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Chair in Police Studies at the University of Regina. Ruddell has published over 130 peer reviewed articles, technical reports, encyclopedia entries, and articles in professional journals, and written, edited, or co-authored 13 books including Oil, Gas, and Crime: The Dark Side of the Boom (Palgrave Macmillan), and the third edition of Making Sense of Criminal Justice (Oxford University Press) was published in 2018. As Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Chair in Police Studies, Rick Ruddell's research has focussed on issues important to Saskatchewan, including the impacts of resource-based booms on policing, community perceptions of law enforcement, policing rural and remote communities, the economics of policing, and the efficicacy of traffic enforcement on reducing serious collisions.


Post-Doctoral Fellows

In collaboration with their departmental peers and supervisor, Post-Doctoral Fellows in the Faculty of Arts undertake their innovative research projects with the aim of expanding their training, education, and experience and disseminating the valuable results of that research.

Dr. Marie-Eve Bradette (Department of English)
Banting Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Marie-Eve Bradette's postdoctoral research project "Reclaiming Truth, Agency, and Affectivity through Writing: Reading the Trauma Legacy in Indigenous Women's Residential School Literatures" asks the following questions: What is unique about the experiences of girls in residential schools? How do the broader mechanisms of colonial violence affect their stories? What do representations of violence suffered by young girls in residential school narratives reveal? How do literary representations of the intergenerational legacies of trauma intersect with gender? Is there a particular aesthetic in women’s accounts of the residential school experience? Finally, what can literary writing do to reclaim and reinforce the strength of Indigenous women? In exploring these questions, Dr. Bradette analyses will build on Indigenous trauma and affect theories, Indigenous feminist criticism, and particularly Indigenous girlhood studies. Focusing on women’s residential school literatures, a body of texts that occupy a unique but under-researched field of Indigenous literatures, this research addresses a gap in scholarship, and proposes to update Indigenous literary and trauma theories through the lens of gender and girlhood studies.

Dr. Julie Mushynsky (Department of Anthropology)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Mushynsky's postdoctoral research project is entitled: Enduring Objects: Decolonizing Canadian Ethnology Collections. Through an analysis of the Stanley Collection, one of the first large collections of objects from First Nations contexts accessioned by the Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM), Dr. Mushynsky will work with RSM Aboriginal Studies program staff and First Nations groups in Saskatchewan to explore the “biographies” of these objects, including from where they originate, the processes involved in creating them, how they were acquired by Mr. and Mrs. E. Stanley, how they ended up at the RSM, and their contemporary significance and ongoing relevance to Indigenous peoples in Saskatchewan (and beyond). Ultimately, the project aims to: further our understandings of the nature of ethnographic collections within museums and provide insights into Indigenous perspectives of such collections; identify how First Nations’ understandings of collections can help inform and be incorporated into heritage policies in Canada; and contribute to a growing body of museological and anthropological work that critically examines the role and legacy of non-Western objects in Western collections.


Dr. Ian Brown, (Department of Gender, Religion, and Critical Studies)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Brown is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Gender, Religion, and Critical Studies. His current project examines how agricultural production and the cultivation of land in ancient Mediterranean culture were transformed into gendered metaphors of virtue, education, and power in early Christian texts.