Dr. Rosemary Nagy

Professor / Faculty of Arts and Science - Gender Equality and Social Justice, Religion and Cultures and Indigenous Studies - Gender Equality and Social Justice
Full-time Faculty
Rosemary Nagy is a white settler Canadian who teaches and researches in the areas of international human rights, transitional justice, women, peace and security, settler colonialism, residential schools and gender-based violence. She is the mother of two teenage boys and enjoys gardening, hiking, biking and is learning to quilt.
1998-2003 Ph.D. University of Toronto, Department of Political Science
1995-1997 MA, Carleton University, Department of Law (Legal Studies)
1990-1994 B.A.(Hon.), McGill University, Department of Political Science

From 2009 to 2015, Dr. Nagy was able to conduct participant-observation research at most of the national events of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Her subsequent writing has addressed paths to settler decolonization, settler witnessing, transformative justice, and the scopes and bounds of transitional justice.  From 2013-2020, Dr. Nagy also served as Co-Director and Principle Investigator for the SSHRC-funded Northeastern Ontario Research Alliance on Human Trafficking (NORAHT). A university-community research partnership, NORAHT conducted participatory action research using Indigenous, decolonial, and feminist methodologies in order to identify and redress gaps and barriers to regional services for people experiencing violence, exploitation and abuse in the sex industry.


Recent Publications

NORAHT reports, toolkits, policy briefs and webinars are available at https://noraht.nipissingu.ca

Gina Snooks, Rosemary Nagy, et al. “Blending Feminist, Indigenous, and Participatory Action Research Methodologies: Critical Reflections from the Northeastern Ontario Research Alliance on Human Trafficking,” Feminist Formations (forthcoming).

Rosemary Nagy, “Transitional Justice, Trauma and Healing: Indigenous Residential Schools in Canada,” in REDRESS: Ireland and Transitional Justice, ed. Katherine O’Donnell, Maeve O’Rourke, and James M. Smith (University College Dublin, forthcoming).

Rosemary Nagy, “Transformative Justice in a Settler Colonial Transition: Implementing UNDRIP in Canada,” International Journal of Human Rights (2021): 1-26, DOI: 10.1080/13642987.2021.1910809

Rosemary Nagy, “Settler Witnessing at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada,” Human Rights Review 21 (2020):  219–241.

Rosemary Nagy, Gina Snooks, Brenda Quenneville, Kathleen Jodouin, Rebecca Timms, Donna Debassige and Lanyan Chen. “Human Trafficking in Northeastern Ontario: Collaborative Responses”. First Peoples Child & Family Review 15, 1 (2020) :80-104. https://fpcfr.com/index.php/FPCFR/article/view/405.

Rosemary Nagy, “Can Reconciliation be Compelled?  Transnational Advocacy and the Indigenous-Canada Relationship” Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research, vol. 42, no. 3, (2017): 313–341.

Rosemary Nagy, “Transnational Advocacy for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women,” in Forever Loved: Exposing the Hidden Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada, eds. D. Memee Lavell-Harvard and Jennifer Brant (Demeter: 2016).

Rosemary Nagy, “Truth, Trauma, Agency,” International Journal of Transitional Justice, vol. 9, no. 3 (2015): 527-538.

Rosemary Nagy, “Combatting Violence Against Indigenous Women: Reconciliation as Decolonisation for Canada's Stolen Sisters,” in Rape Justice: Beyond the Realm of Law, eds. Anastasia Powell, Nicola Henry and Asher Flynn (Palgrave: 2015).


Recent and Upcoming Courses

GEND 2147 Bodies, Borders and Belonging (Forced Migration) (2020-21)

GEND 2187 International Human Rights (2020-21)

GEND 3127 Gender, Globalization and Human Rights (2020-21)

GEND 4106 Sex Work and Human Trafficking (2020-21)

GEND 2057 Social Justice Toolkits (2021-22)

GEND 3027 The United Nations and Responsibility to Project (2021-22)

GEND 3057 Narrating Human Rights (2021-22; 20-21)

GEND 3227 Justice After Atrocity (2021-22)

GEND 3356 International Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2021-22)