Lalonde, D. 2019. Does Cultural Appropriation Cause Harm? Politics, Groups, and Identities. [Download here]

Cultural appropriation is often called a buzzword and dismissed as a concept for serious engagement. Political theory, in particular, has been largely silent about cultural appropriation. Such silence is strange considering that cultural appropriation is clearly linked to key concepts in political theory such as culture, recognition, and redistribution. In this paper, I utilize political theory to advance a harm-based account of cultural appropriation. I argue that there are three potential harms with cultural appropriation: (1) nonrecognition, (2) misrecognition, and (3) exploitation. Discerning whether these harms are present or absent offers a means of placing specific instances of cultural appropriation on a spectrum of harmfulness. I conclude by considering how cultural appropriation, and associated appropriative harms, may be avoided.


Lalonde, D. 2018. Regret, Shame, and Denials of Women’s Voluntary Sterilization. Bioethics 32(5): 281-8.

Women face extraordinary difficulty in seeking sterilization as physicians routinely deny them the procedure. Physicians defend such denials by citing the possibility of future regret, a well‐studied phenomenon in women’s sterilization literature. Regret is, however, a problematic emotion upon which to deny reproductive freedom as regret is neither satisfactorily defined and measured, nor is it centered in analogous cases regarding men’s decision to undergo sterilization or the decision of women to undergo fertility treatment. Why then is regret such a concern in the voluntary sterilization of women? I argue that regret is centered in women’s voluntary sterilization due to pronatalism or expectations that womanhood means motherhood. Women seeking voluntary sterilization are regarded as a deviant identity that rejects what is taken to be their essential role of motherhood and they are thus seen as vulnerable to regret.

“Regret involves feeling disappointment or remorse over an occurrence or a missed opportunity. It is not an emotion experienced in isolation; it is informed and shaped by our social relations with others. In the case of voluntary sterilization, regret is socially constructed within a discourse where womanhood means motherhood.”


Alcantara, C. , Lalonde, D. , Wilson, G. N. 2017. Indigenous Research and Academic Freedom: A View from Political Scientists. The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 8(2).

Over the last several decades, scholars working on Indigenous topics have faced increasing pressure to engage in research that promotes social justice and results in formal partnerships with Indigenous communities. In this article, we argue that non-community-based research, in which the researcher exercises academic autonomy over the project, still has a role to play in Indigenous-focused research, depending on the research question, topic, and situation at hand. We explore this argument from the perspective of political scientists who study Indigenous–settler political relations in Canada.


Lalonde, D. 2017. “Book Review of Resistance and Decolonization by Amílcar Cabral.The Marx and Philosophy Review of Books.

Issue-Based Newsletters


Lalonde, D., Baker, L., & Nonomura, R. 2019. Thirty Years after the Montréal Massacre. Learning Network Issue 29. London, Ontario: Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children. ISBN # 978-1-988412-36-8

This Issue explores how misogyny and stereotypical gender norms contributed to the Montréal Massacre thirty years ago. While events like the Massacre often provoke increased attention, this Issue will show that many of the factors present with the Massacre still persist today, including the killing of women and the biased media coverage of these killings, discrimination against women in male-dominated spaces, and sexual violence. Acknowledging these factors and their presence is the first step, but we need to do more. This Issue provides suggestions for moving forward in challenging misogyny and preventing gender-based violence.

Lalonde, D., Baker, L., & Nonomura, R. 2019. Traumatic Brain Injury and Violence Against Women. Learning Network Issue 28. London, Ontario: Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children. ISBN # 978-1-988412-33-7

This Issue:

  • Examines the prevalence of intimate partner violence-related Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Shares how a TBI can be recognized
  • Highlights how barriers complicate help-seeking
  • Provides resources that support women’s individual and collective resilience

Lalonde, D., & Baker, L. 2019. Women with Disabilities and D/deaf Women, Housing, and Violence. Learning Network Issue 27. London, Ontario: Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children. ISBN # 978-1-988412-28-3

This Issue:

  • Discusses the impacts of violence for women with disabilities and D/deaf women when seeking housing
  • Identifies barriers women with disabilities and D/deaf women face when fleeing violence and seeking housing
  • Offers a model for accessible and inclusive shelters
  • Celebrates the resilience of women with disabilities and D/deaf women

Lalonde, D., Abramovich, A., Baker, L., & Tabibi, J. 2018. LGBTQ2S Youth, Violence, and Homelessness. Learning Network Issue 24. London, Ontario: Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children. ISBN # 978-1-988412-18-4

This Issue:

  • Describes the violence experienced by LGBTQ2S youth and its links with homelessness
  • Discusses the impacts of violence and homelessness for LGBTQ2S youth
  • Shares the voices of LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homelessness through quotes from research conducted by Dr. Alex Abramovich
  • Shares community supports and promising practices for ending LGBTQ2S youth homelessness and violence

Baker, L., Lalonde, D., & Tabibi, J. 2017. Women, Intimate Partner Violence, & Homelessness. Learning Network Issue 22. London, Ontario: Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children. ISBN # 978-1-988412-14-6

This Issue uses visuals, research, and lived experience to explain the main links between homelessness and violence; identify barriers to safe, secure, accessible, and affordable housing; highlight the resilience of women; and feature promising practices and resources. Our goal—to increase awareness of the broader systemic and intersectional oppressions that create barriers to women’s safety and security. Time to change the narrative around women fleeing violence and experiencing homelessness!