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Canada Research Chair in Truth, Reconciliation and Indigenous Literatures and Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Regina

Michelle Coupal (Algonquin/French) is Canada Research Chair in Truth, Reconciliation, and Indigenous Literatures, and Associate Professor in the Department of English, University of Regina.

Michelle is the Past President of the Indigenous Literary Studies Association (ILSA). She specializes in and teaches courses on Indigenous literatures of Turtle Island, Indian Residential School literature, trauma and testimony, Indigenous media/film, and Canadian literature.

Michelle is co-editor with Deanna Reder, Joanne Arnott, and Emalene A. Manuel of a collection of the works of Secwepemc/Ktunaxa writer Vera Manuel, Honouring the Strength of Indian Women: Plays, Stories, Poetry, published in 2019 by the University of Manitoba Press, First Voices First Texts series. 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.


  • 2018–present
    Associate professor, University of Regina


  • 2013 
    Western University, PhD

Professional Memberships

  • The Indigenous Literary Studies Association (ILSA):