Dr. Lori Chambers


Phone Number: 
+1 (807)-343-8010ext. 8218
Office Location: 
Ryan Building 2021
Office Hours: 
After class or by appointment.
Date joined Lakehead: 
August, 1999
Previous Teaching/Work: 

Contemporary legal issues, particularly sexual assault and intimate partner violence.

Research Interests: 

I am currently engaged in multiple research projects.

Three projects are related to domestic violence. Dr. Angela Hovey, Dr. Susan Scott, Lakehead Orillia, Social Work, and I are completing a quantitative study of police response data. This project is funded by both SSHRC and the Law Foundation of Ontario.

Also with Drs. Hovey and Scott, I am working on a project on harm reduction based approaches in shelters. This project recently won the Community Engaged Research Award, Lakehead University.

Dr. Nadia Verrelli and I have just completed a book on the Supreme Court Case, R. v. Ryan, in which a severely abused woman attempted to hire a hit man to kill her husband. The book is titled, No Legal Way Out: R. v. Ryan, Domestic Abuse and The Defence of Duress. We are also completing an historical study of R. v. Whynott, an early case in which a woman who killed her husband in the context of abuse was acquitted by a jury. This project is also funded by SSHRC. 

With Drs. Jodie Murphy-Oikonen and Karen McQueen, I am working on a project women who have experienced sexual violence, and police who process sexual violence cases. This project is funded by SSHRC.  

Select Publications


Verrelli, N., and Chambers, L.  No Legal Way Out: R. v Ryan, Domestic Abuse, and the Defence of Duress (University of British Columbia Press for the Landmark Cases in Canadian Law Series, 2021).

Chambers, L.  A Legal History of Adoption in Ontario, 1921-2015. (University of Toronto Press/Osgoode Society Press, 2016).

Chambers, LMisconceptions: Unmarried Motherhood and the Ontario Children of Unmarried Parents Act, 1921-1969. (University of Toronto Press/Osgoode Society Press, 2007).  Recipient of Alison Prentice Award as best book in Canadian Women’s History, 2008. Nominated for the Legislature Award, 2013.

Chambers, LMarried Women and Property Law in Victorian Ontario, (University of Toronto Press/Osgoode Society Press, 1997).  Recipient of Alison Prentice Award as best book in Canadian Women’s History, 2000.

Articles in Journals

Murphy, J., Chambers, L., McQueen, K., Hiebert, A., and Miller, A. “Sexual Assault: Indigenous Women’s Experiences of Being Disbelieved by Police”, submitted to Violence Against Women, April 14, 2021: DOI: https://doi.org.10.1177/10778012211013903.

 Murphy, J., McQueen, K., Miller, A., Chambers, L., and Hiebert, A.  “Unfounded Sexual Assault: Women’s Stories of Not Being Believed by Police”, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, December 11, 2020: DOI: https://doi.org.10.1177/0886260920978190.

Roth, J., and Chambers, L. “Transversal and Postmodern Feminist Praxis: Exploring the Use of Theory in Identifying Effective Anti-Islamophobic Discourse Strategies Online”, Atlantis 40 (1) (2019), 1-17.

Chambers, L.  “Fanning the Flames: Racism in Government Recommendations for the Prevention of Deaths by Fire in First Nations”, submitted to Canadian Journal of Native Studies 38 (2) (2019), 25-42.

Hovey, A., Roberts, C., Scott, S., and Chambers, L.  “Understanding the Landscape of Substance Use Management Practices in VAW Shelters across Ontario”, Journal of Family Violence (2019): DOI: 1007/s10896-019-00056-0.

Toombs, E., Drawson, A., Chambers, L., Bobinski, T., Dixon, J., and Mushquash, C.  “Building Community Resiliency: A reflexive approach to empirical work with Canadian First Nations communities”, International Journal of Indigenous Health 12 (2) (2018): https://ir.lib.uwo.ca/iipj.

Chambers, L., Zweep, D.,  and Verrelli, N.  “Paternal Filicide and Coercive Control: A Review of the Evidence in Cotton v. Berry, University of British Columbia Law Review 51 (3) (2018).

Stinchcombe, A., Kortez-Miller, K., and Chambers, L.  “Physical and mental health inequalities among aging lesbian, gay, and bisexual Canadians: results from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)”, Canadian Journal of Public Health, 2018.

Alaimo, L., Chambers, L. and Puddephatt, T.  “Images of Marie Curie: How Reputational Entrepreneurs Shape Iconic Identities”, Engaging Science, Technology and Society, 4 (2018): http://www.estsjournal.org.

Chambers, L.  “Boil-Water Advisories and Government (In)Action: The Politics of Indigenous People and Potable Water in Pikangikum First Nation”, Journal of Canadian Studies, 51 (2) (spring 2017), 289-310.

Burnett, K., Skinner, K., Hay, T., LeBlanc, J., and Chambers, L.  “Retail Food Environments, Shopping Experiences, First Nations, and the Provincial Norths”, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada, 37 (10) (summer 2017): https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/reports-publications/health-promotion-chronic-disease-prevention-canada-research-policy-practice/vol-37-no-10-2017/retail-food-environments-shopping-first-nations-provincial-norths.html.

Chambers, L., and Verrelli, N.  “A Missed Opportunity: The Investigation of the RCMP in Matters Related to R. v. Ryan”, Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 32 (1) (spring 2017), 117-136.   

Chambers, L., and Burnett, K.  “Jordan’s Principle: The Struggle to Accees On-Reserve Medical Care for High Needs Indigenous Children in Canada”, American Indian Quarterly, (2) (spring 2017), 101-124. 

MacLean, J., Verrelli, N., and Chambers, L.  “Battered Women and Duress: A Critique of the Supreme Court of Canada’s Decision in R. v. Ryan”, Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, 29 (1) (spring 2017), 60-82. 

Nicholas, J., and Chambers, L.  “In Search of the Monkey Girl: Disability, Child Welfare and the Freak Show in Ontario in the 1970s”, Journal of Canadian Studies, 50 (3) (fall 2016), 639-668. 

Rahmath-Ansari, S., Chambers, L., and Wakewich, P.  “Veiled Women in Canada: Motivations and Experiences”, Women’s Studies International Forum, 58 (September-October 2016), 34-40.   

Chenier, E., Chambers, L., and Toews, A.  “Still Working Under the Shadow of Men? The Status of Women in the Historical Profession in Canada”, Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, 26 (1) (2016), 291-318. 

Burnett, K., Hay, T., and Chambers, L.  “Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Hunger: Federal Indian Policy in Northern Canada since 1945”, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 17.2 (summer 2016). 

Book Chapters

Verrelli, N., and Chambers, L.R. v. Whynot (Stafford): The Forgotten Predecessor to R. v. Lavallee”, in Rethinking Feminist History and Theory, ed. Julia Smith and Lisa Paseolli (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, forthcoming 2021).

 Andrews, V., and Chambers, L. “Adoptions Records in Ontario: Secrecy and the Movement for Reform”, in Ontario Since Confederation, 2nd edition, ed. James Onusko and Dimitri Anastakis (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, forthcoming 2021).

Hovey, A., Scott, S., and Chambers, L. “Can Mothers Keep their Children Safe in Domestic Violence Shelters that Implement Harm Reduction Approaches?”. In Mothering on the Edge: A Critical Examination of Mothering Within Child Protection, ed. Brooke Richardson. (Toronto: Demeter Press, forthcoming 2021).

Chambers, L.  “The Law and Unintended Consequences: The Reforms of 1969 and the Rise of International Adoption”.  In The Reforms of 1969, eds. Christopher Dummitt and Christabelle Sethna. (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2020).   

Burnett, K., Stettner, S., and Chambers, L.  “Realizing Reproductive Justice in Canadian History”. In Readings in Canadian Women’s and Gender History, eds. Nancy Janovicek and Carmen Nielson. (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2019).  

Hay, T., Burnett, K., and Chambers, L.  “’A Tragedy to be Sure”: Heteropatriarchy, Historical Amnesia and Housing Crises in the Canadian North”.  In Understanding Atrocities, ed. Scott Murray.  (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2017).  

Chambers, L.  “Indigenous Children and Provincial Child Welfare: The ‘Sixties Scoop’”. In Aboriginal History in Canada, eds. Kristin Burnett and Geoff Read.  Second edition (Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2016).