Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Linda Mussell

PhD Candidate Linda MussellPhD Candidate
MA Public Policy, BA Political Science (Simon Fraser University)
Supervisor: Margaret Little

Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall
Fax: (613) 533-6848
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Research Interests

Justice-system involvement; social policy; policy analysis; decolonization

Brief Biography

Linda is a Joseph-Bombardier Scholar in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. Her dissertation research features intersectional policy analysis of intergenerational incarceration present among Indigenous peoples in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Linda is interested in examining root causes of Indigenous intergenerational incarceration, determining how this phenomenon is politically framed and responded to, and improving the human rights and dignity situation with policy recommendations. She is committed to decolonializing research and centering the experiences of those most directly impacted in her work.

Linda’s doctoral work builds on her experiences volunteering in the justice-involved community and prior research on the justice system. Her master’s research entailed policy analysis of strength-based policy interventions to promote the resilience and long-term wellbeing of children with incarcerated parents in British Columbia. She also has researched self-represented litigation in British Columbia with Legal Aid BC (2015), and dangerous offender designation and Indigeneity in Canada (2017-present). Linda is committed to not only advancing research, but also community engagement and service. In addition to serving extensively in student-led initiatives, department committees, and university level committee work, she also volunteers in the community with a focus on policy development at Elizabeth Fry Society Kingston and Sexual Assault Centre Kingston.

Selected Awards

  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship (2017-2020)
  • Graduate Award, Queen’s University (2016-2020)
  • Graduate Fellowship and Entrance Scholarship, Simon Fraser University (2014-2015)

Selected Conferences

“A Five-Country Comparison of the Second Generation of Gender Mainstreaming,” International Political Science Association, July 2018 (co-presenting with Olena Hankivsky)

“Intergenerational Incarceration in Indigenous Communities,” Canadian Political Science Association, May 2018.

“Intergenerational Incarceration and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Canada,” Royal Military College, March 2018.

“Gender-Based Analysis Plus: Beyond an Additive Approach,” International Public Policy Association, June 2017 (co-presented with Olena Hankivsky)

“Intersectional Pedagogy,” Canadian Political Science Association, May 2017 (panel chair)

“Gender-Based Analysis Plus in Canada,” Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s University, March 2017 (co-presented with Olena Hankivsky)