Lina Sunseri, Professor

Joint Appointed with Indigenous Studies
PhD, Sociology, York University, Toronto

Lina Sunseri is a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames, of the Turtle Clan, and her Longhouse name is Yeliwi:saks (roughly translates to Gathering Stories/Knowledge), given to her by her Clan Mother. She also has Italian ancestry from her father’s side and lived in Italy for 10 years as a young child. She obtained her Ph.D. at York University in Sociology, and taught at Brescia University College for 20 years before joining Western University. Her research has focused on the transformation of Indigenous gender relations since colonization and the current revitalization of Indigenous ways of knowing and being. Other research interests include the implementation of equity, diversity, inclusion and decolonization policies in organizations, as well as the practices of Indigenous empowered mothering.

Areas of Specialization

  • Indigenous women
  • Gender and nationalism
  • Gender and popular culture
  • Community development
  • Decolonization
  • Indigenous mothering

Selected Publications