Indigenous Health & Well-being Initiative

Joanna Quinn

Joanna R. Quinn, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, Director of the Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction, and Director of The Africa Institute, at The University of Western Ontario.  She teaches courses including International Human Rights, Genocide, and Transitional Justice.  She earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo, a Master of Arts from Acadia University, and a Ph.D. from McMaster University.  Since 1998, Dr. Quinn has been engaged in research that considers the role of acknowledgement in overcoming the causes of conflict, which has the potential to affect real and lasting change.  She argues that only when past disputes have been acknowledged, can individuals and their communities begin once again to form relationships with their neighbours and to participate in the social activities and civic structures of society, finally defeating the deep-rooted conflicts which have served to paralyse that society.  And it is these networks of civic engagement which will lead to the rebuilding of a sustainable society.  She has written widely on the role of acknowledement in truth commissions in Uganda, Haiti, Canada, and elsewhere.  Her current research considers the role of customary practices of acknowledgement and justice in Uganda, and comparatively in Fiji, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. Publications