My research program maps how feminist and queer languages and logics are incorporated into institutional and mediated contexts with an emphasis on LGBTIQ rights, intersectionality theory, gender-based and sexualized violence, and reproductive justice.
My new work focuses broadly on the questions of mobilizing marginalized knowledges on university campuses. Probing neoliberal expectations for scholars to communicate their research outcomes, I am investigating how critical knowledges (e.g. feminist, queer, Indigenous, Global South) are immobilized by higher education.
With Dr. Irene Shankar (Mount Royal University), our SSHRC-funded research will access the impact of the #MeToo movement on Canadian university campuses, paying specific attention to the role of feminist scholarship in creating change.
My last major SSHRC-funded project (2016-2018) investigated how queer logics are harnessed to global development projects. This research employed a mixed-method approach (interviews and discourse analysis) to capture the recent move toward ‘homotolerance’ in the industry. This project included the editing of Routledge Handbook of Queer Development Studies.
I am a co-editor of the book series Feminist Interruptions and Refusals with Lena Palacios, Dana Olwan, and Shaista Patel (Palgrave Macmillan).
My first book Manufacturing Urgency: Violence Against Women and the Development Industry was published in Spring 2017 and is the recipient of the 2019 Women's and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes Outstanding Scholarship Prize.
I am an Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Sociology at Brandon University. I received my PhD from the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa (2013) and a Master’s from the Women’s and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto (2009).
I live in Winnipeg with my partner and toddler.