Full Time Faculty

Dr. Derek Kornelsen – Biography

Dr. Derek Kornelsen holds a PhD in Political Science from University of British Columbia, an MA in Political Studies from University of Manitoba, and a BA(Honours) in Psychology from The University of Winnipeg. He has been working with MFN CAHR since November, 2014. His research focuses on examining/contrasting Western and Indigenous philosophies and institutional frameworks, with a particular emphasis on developing a theoretical framework grounded in an understanding of the dynamics and impacts of Settler Colonialism. This theoretical framework enables a sensitivity to 2 key under-researched areas in Indigenous health and wellness research: the impacts of the disruption of Indigenous peoples’ relationships with land and environment; and strategies for decolonizing key institutions that Indigenous peoples must access (health as well as political, legal, educational, economic institutions). Broadly speaking, this theoretical frame contributes to the development of robust Indigenous determinants of health and wellness. He is currently involved in developing a number of local, national, and international research projects and partnerships in areas of Indigenous health and wellness.


2015  PhD  University of British Columbia, Political Science

2009  MA   University of Manitoba, Political Studies

1999  BA(Honours)  University of Winnipeg, Psychology

Area of Specialization:

Indigenous determinants of health; decolonization; relationships with land and environment; institutional transformation

Selected Awards:

2011-2013       SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship.

2009-2013       UBC Four Year Doctoral Fellowship. University of British Columbia.

2008-2009       Duff Roblin Political Studies Fellowship. Private Sector.

2008-2009       Raymond F. Currie Graduate Fellowship. Private Sector.

2008-2009       University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship. University of Manitoba.

2008-2009       Manitoba Graduate Scholarship. Province of Manitoba.


Dr. Derek Kornelsen
Assistant Professor

Dept Community Health Sciences
750 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg MB  R3E 0W3 Canada

Phone: 204-789-3531
Fax: 204-789-3905
E-mail: derek.kornelsen@umanitoba.ca

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations