Dr. Lisa McLean

Dr. Lisa McLean

Dr. Lisa McLean

Assistant Professor

Phone: 4762
Email: lmclea43@uwo.ca


  • Ph.D. Peace and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University
  • M.A. Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Manitoba
  • B.A. (Hons) Political Studies, University of Manitoba


  • Thanatology 1025: Introduction to Thanatology
  • Thanatology 2225: Topical Issues in Thanatology
  • Thanatology 3322: Diversity and Social Justice Issues in Thanatology
  • Thanatology 3326: Grief Activism
  • Thanatology: 3355: Ethics in Death, Dying and Bereavement


Lisa is an experienced qualitative researcher having conducted fieldwork in Canada, Indonesia, Mexico, and Central America. Lisa's work emphasizes interdisciplinary, drawing upon critical feminist theories and frameworks from Thanatology, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Critical Migration Studies to examine vulnerability and agency in migratory contexts. Her most recent research project focused on the transnational activism of Central American mothers of disappeared migrants. She is currently working on projects related to migration, ambiguous loss, and 'grief activism.' Lisa is the Assistant Coordinator of the Loss Lab. 

For more information, please visit the Loss Lab website

Selected Publications

Varela Huerta, A., & McLean, L. (2021). From vulnerable victims to insurgent caravaneros: The genesis and consolidation of a new form of migrant self-defence in America. In G. Grappi (Ed.) Migration and the Contested Politics of Justice. (pp. 184-203). Routledge.

McLean, L. (2020). A question that has no end: The politics of life and death in the search for disappeared migrants in Mexico. Citizenship Studies, 24(8), 994-1009.

McLean, L. (2020). Protesting vulnerability and vulnerability as protest: Gender, Migration, and Strategies of Resistance. In S. Byrne, T. Matyók, I. M. Scott, & J. Senehi (Eds.) Routledge Companion to Peace and Conflict Studies, (pp. 178-188). Routledge. 

McLean, L., & Stobbe, S. (2020). The Evolution of Canadian Settlement Programming from the Mass Resettlement of Indochinese Refugees to Present. The Canadian Journal of Peace Research, 52(1 and 2), 81–112.

Varela Huerta, A., & McLean, L. (2019). Caravana de migrantes en Mexico: Nueva forma de autodefensa Y transmigración. Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals, 122, 163-186. 

‚ÄčMcLean, L., & Zapata, M. L. (2015). Peace Studies and Feminism: Debates, Linkages and Intersections. In M. Flaherty, S. Byrne, H. Tuso, & T. Matyók (Eds.) Gender and Peacebuilding: All Hands Required (pp. 281-293). Lexington Books.