Justin Tetrault

Assistant Professor, Augustana - Social Sciences

Pronouns: He/him;


Assistant Professor, Augustana - Social Sciences

AU F 1-305 Faith & Life Centre
4901-46 Ave
Camrose AB
T4V 2R3


Area of Study / Keywords

Social Movements Race and Indigeneity Nationalism Decolonization Hate and extremism Prisons Qualitative Methods Political theory


My interests concern a range of topics, especially political movements, decolonization, and prisons. I currently have two research projects. The first is my work on the University of Alberta Prison Project. Our research team interviews incarcerated people and staff about their experiences living and working inside prisons. I am currently writing about Indigenous peoples’ experiences with cultural prison programming. The second project is about Canada’s right-wing nationalist movement. My study shows how right-wing ideology and prejudice are intimately connected to mainstream Canadian culture, challenging pop media narratives that present right-wing groups as “un-Canadian”. I am also Red River Métis and working with the Indigenous Engagement Advisory Committee (IEAC) to further develop Augustana’s Indigenous studies program.


Teaching Areas



Social Movements and Extremism

Indigenous Studies

Race and Racism

Qualitative Methods

´╗┐Courses at Augustana

AUIDS 330: Prisons and Imprisonment

AUSOC 236: Qualitative Methods

AUIND 101: Introduction to Indigenous Studies

AUSSC 300: Selected Topics: Race, Racism & Crime


AUIND 101 - Introduction to Indigenous Studies

An introduction to historical and modern relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. This course investigates how Canada's history of anti-Indigenous policies (such as residential schools and the Sixties Scoop) have negatively impacted First Nations, Métis, and Inuit into the present. The course further highlights the resilience of Indigenous peoples through community organization, artistic and cultural expression, and the fight for self-determination. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUIND 101 and AUIND 201 (2023).

AUIND 300 - Selected Topics in Indigenous Studies

Selected topics in Indigenous Studies. Topics will vary from year to year depending on instructor and student interest. Prerequisites: Varies according to topic.

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Scholarly Activities

Admin - Indigenous Engagement Advisory Committee

Started: 2021-11-01

The Committee is meant to advise the Dean, as well as all members of the campus, in their decisions when they affect Indigenous students and communities. It also hopes to serve as a bridge between the campus community and neighbouring First Nations and M├ętis communities.

Research - The Intersecting Institutions of Criminal Justice and Injustice

2022-06-16 to 2029-06-01

This 7-year project will examine how intersecting criminal justice institutions contribute to marginalization and make recommendations for changes to the system.

Partnership grant funds national research aimed at reforming Canada’s justice system

Research - University of Alberta Prison Project

Started: 2016-10-01

The UAPP is a multi-year, multi-method study of life experiences inside Western Canadian prisons, consisting of qualitative interviews, quantitative surveys, and ethnographic observation. The goal of the University of Alberta Prison Project is to collect base-line data on life experiences of Canadian prisoners and staff and utilize our findings for evidence-based changes.

Centre for Criminological Research

Featured Publications

Justin EC Tetrault

Crime and Justice. 2022 September; 51

Justin EC Tetrault

British Journal of Criminology. 2021 July;

Rosemary Ricciardelli, Sandra Bucerius, Justin EC Tetrault, Ben Crewe, David Pyrooz

FACETS. 2021 June;

Justin EC Tetrault, Sandra Bucerius, Kevin Haggerty

Sociology. 2020 June;

Justin EC Tetrault

Current Sociology. 2019 April;

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