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Natasha Stirrett

Assistant Professor

Degrees:PhD (Cultural Studies); Master of Arts (Gender Studies); Bachelor of Arts Honours (Sociology), Queens University; Advanced Diploma (Behavioural Science Technology), St. Lawrence College
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1237
Office:DT 1722 Dunton Tower

Areas of Interest

  • Indigenous and state relations
  • Criminalization and punishment
  • Institutions and systems of harm
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Activism, grassroots organizing and justice
  • Social movements
  • Archival research
  • Gender and race studies


Natasha Stirrett is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Criminology and Criminal Justice. She is an interdisciplinary scholar and researcher educated in a range of fields. Her research primarily takes a community grounded approach and employs ethnography and archival methods. She is Plains Cree and a member of Ermineskin Cree Nation, who grew up outside her community in the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee in the Cornwall/Akwesasne area. In addition to her research and teaching, she has been passionately involved in urban community-building and Indigenous cultural resurgence. In support of social movements and grassroots mobilization, she has been involved in several grassroots initiatives, including Mutual Aid Katarowki-Kingston, Revolution of the Heart: A Ceremonial Action and solidarity actions and demonstrations. Over the years, she has been invited to speak on missing and murdered Two-Spirit and Indigenous women, Take Back the Night events hosted by the Sexual Assault Center Kingston, Indigenous environmental justice rallies, and International Women’s Day events. She also regularly participates in a number of academic talks and conferences.

She is currently principal investigator of the SSHRC (Insight Development Grant) funded research project “Mapping the Sixties Scoop Diaspora, Criminalization and [Re] Imagining Indigenous Communities through Storytelling” with Jeffrey Monaghan (ICCJ) and Colleen Cardinal (Sixties Scoop Survivors’ Network). This project thinks about the role of criminalization and punishment in the experiences of Sixties Scoop Survivors. It collaborates, supports, and advances the Survivor-led (SSN) “In your Own Words” GIS mapping website and engages in capacity and network-building. The goals of this project are both research-oriented and committed to advancing public knowledge, education, and community.


She is currently accepting new graduate and undergraduate students for supervision.


CRCJ 2200: Contemporary Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice
CRCJ 3200:  Indigeneity, Coloniality and Crime


Stirrett, Natasha. 2019. Syphon Journal 5.0: Incarceration Looking Back: Creative Resistance Behind the Walls of P4W. Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre.
Stirrett, Natasha. 2019. Review of Ohpihmeh Raised Somewhere Else: A 60’s Scoop Adoptee Story of Coming Home. Transmotion Open Access Journal.