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

Michelle Coupal is a scholar of Indigenous literatures. She is a Canada Research Chair in Truth, Reconciliation, and Indigenous Literatures, and an Associate Professor of English 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 was 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 recently co-edited a special journal issue for Studies in American Indian Literature and she has another co-edited special issue underway with Studies in Canadian Literature. She is also co-editing a SAIL special issue with Deanna Reder called How We Teach Indigenous Literatures. Her open-access website project, Coming To Stories of Residential School, will be launched in 2022. Michelle and Deanne Reder will become the General Editors of SAIL in January 2022.


  • 2018–present
    Associate professor, University of Regina


  • 2013 
    Western University, PhD

Professional Memberships

  • The Indigenous Literary Studies Association (ILSA):