Linda Mussell is a postdoctoral researcher based in Katarokwi/Kingston, Ontario, Canada, which is traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territory. She completed her PhD in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University in 2021, and is currently undertaking a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Ottawa.

Linda’s research uses critical policy analysis to interrogate the carceral state, namely policies of removal, isolation, coercion, assimilation, and confinement. Institutions of focus in her research include federal and provincial prisons, youth detention, courts, policing, and state guardianship. Her work has examined Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. While trained in political science, her work is interdisciplinary and features collaboration with scholars in other disciplines.

Through her research and community work she supports transformative justice and disrupting harmful direct and intergenerational impacts of carceral policy. Furthering these goals, as part of her fellowship she is looking at decarceration approaches during the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada and the United States.

The purpose of this website is to share and encourage knowledge building. Linda welcomes requests for research collaborations, community work, media and speaking opportunities, and copies of publications. Please feel free to reach out using the contact page.