My research maps how feminist and queer languages and logics are incorporated into institutional and mediated contexts with an emphasis on global LGBTIQ rights, gender-based and sexualized violence, and reproductive justice.
I am currently completing a SSHRC-funded project that investigates how queer logics are harnessed to global development projects. This research employs a mixed-method approach (interviews and discourse analysis) to capture the recent move toward ‘homotolerance’ in the industry.
My new work focuses broadly on the questions of mobilizing marginalized knowledges on university campuses. Probing neoliberal expectations for scholars to communicate their research findings, I will investigate how critical knowledges (e.g. feminist, queer, Indigenous, Global South) are im/mobilized by higher education. With Dr. Irene Shankar (Mount Royal University), my first project will access the impact of the #MeToo movement on Canadian university campuses, paying specific attention to the role professors are playing in creating change.
My first book entitled Manufacturing Urgency: Violence Against Women and the Development Industry was published in Spring 2017. I recently completed editing the Routledge Handbook of Queer Development Studies. You can also find my work published in Feminist Formations, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Feminist Media Studies, Feminist Teacher, Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Surveillance & Society, and Canadian Journal of Communication.
I am a co-editor of the book series Feminist Interruptions and Refusals with Lena Palacios, Dana Olwan, and Shaista Patel (Palgrave Macmillan), which is set to launch in 2019.
I am an Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Sociology at Brandon University. I received my PhD (2013) from the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa, a Master’s from the Women’s and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto (2009), and a BAH (2008) from Queen’s University in Global Development Studies.
I live in Winnipeg with my partner and toddler.