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Lisa Monchalin B.Sc. (Eastern Michigan), MA (Eastern Michigan), PhD (Ottawa)

Dr. Lisa Monchalin
Surrey Campus: 
604.599.3445
Surrey Office: 
Surrey Main 3881-14

Lisa Monchalin is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in 2004 and her Master’s degree in 2006, both in Criminology. In 2012, she graduated with her Doctorate in Criminology from the University of Ottawa, making her the first Indigenous woman in Canada to hold a Ph.D. in Criminology. Lisa is of Algonquin, Métis, Huron, and Scottish descent. Proud of her Indigenous heritage, and driven by personal and family experiences, she is determined to reduce the amount of crime that affects Indigenous peoples through education. 

Dr. Monchalin has published in scholarly journals including the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Crime Prevention and Community Safety: an International Journal, and La Revue Criminologie, among othersShe has also published chapters in books, including the 2016 edition of Visions of the Heart: Issues Involving Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, edited by David Long and Olive Dickason published with Oxford University Press. In 2016, she published her first sole authored book titled, The Colonial Problem: An Indigenous Perspective on Crime and Injustice in Canada, with the University of Toronto Press.

Lisa speaks nationally and internationally on her academic work in an effort to effect change and seek justice for Indigenous peoples. Lisa’s 2016/17 international book tour of The Colonial Problem had 21 stops, which included McGill University, University of Toronto, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, and The World Congress of Criminology in New Delhi, India.

She regularly presents her academic work at various conferences throughout Canada, the USA, and Europe. She has also been invited to speak at youth forums, Aboriginal graduation ceremonies, and in university classes where she presents her personal stories of overcoming challenges, and her triumphs, in an effort to empower others and share her passion for life.

In the winter of 2017, Dr. Monchalin was a Visiting Professor of Equity and Diversity at Central Washington University, in Ellensburg, Washington. This was a cross appointment between the Department of Law and Justice and the Department of Sociology.

At KPU, she developed the course CRIM 4240: Indigenous Peoples and Justice, which is a course she teaches regularly. She created a new Minor in Indigenous Community Justice which officially launched in the fall of 2017.

Monchalin was also appointed to the Office for Victims of Crime in Ontario in 2010, where she played a role in advising Ontario’s Attorney General on victim’s policy and programming for the province. She stayed in this position until moving to British Columbia for her fulltime teaching appointment at KPU. Dr. Monchalin has worked with her Ph.D. supervisor Dr. Irvin Waller to influence crime policy and programming across Canada; this has included researching, consulting, and providing strategic direction for the Province of Alberta’s crime prevention strategy. Currently she is on the Board of Directors for the International Organization for Victim Assistance.

Lisa is a powwow jingle dress dancer. She also dances with the Butterflies in Spirit dance troupe. She enjoys singing and drumming, and two traditional songs (where she sings and plays the drum) are on a compilation CD of Indigenous music (karénna otapihkéwak). Lisa currently lives in the shared traditional unceded territories of Kwantlen, Katzie, Semiahmoo, and Tsawwassen (Surrey, BC) with her dog.

Courses Taught

Areas of Interest

  • Indigenous peoples and justice
  • Reducing crime affecting Indigenous peoples through prevention
  • Evidence-based crime prevention
  • Indigenous social movements and collective action

Scholarly Work