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Dr. Michelle Stewart PhD Researcher Justice Studies, Faculty of Arts (University of Regina)

Dr. Michelle Stewart is an Associate Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies. An interdisciplinary scholar, Michelle works with research and evaluation teams at the regional, national and international level. As an applied anthropologist trained in Science and Technology Studies as well as visual and political anthropology, she focuses on research, interventions, evaluation and community collaboration in the area of cognitive disabilities, mental health and racialized inequalities as they present in the criminal justice and child welfare systems. Michelle recently completed two terms as the Academic Director of the Community Research Unit. Michelle is currently the co-Director of the Regina Improvisation Studies Centre and part of multiple teams using improvisation as a method in projects focused on social justice and social determinants of health.

Research Area(s)

  • social justice
  • medical anthropology
  • stigmatized medical conditions
  • research methods

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Michelle was raised as a settler, and her research and community work focuses on the ongoing role of settler colonialism and systemic racism that creates racialized disparities in Canada—with an aim to decolonize programs and practices. From the delivery of training to scholarly and artistic outputs, Michelle focuses on high-impact, community-driven, and action oriented projects.

Michelle is the project lead for the Integrated Justice Program. This multi-year project focuses on Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action #34 to deliver frontline supports and services that intervene on the over-representation of Indigenous peoples with disabilities in the justice system. Michelle is a certified Gladue writer leading a one-of-a-kind project that generates team delivered Gladue Reports that impact sentencing in Saskatchewan courts. Michelle’s work appears in academic journals and books as well as popular outlets including The Conversation.