My research is anchored in the fields of gender and women's studies, feminist studies, queer studies, post/critical/feminist/queer development studies, and decolonial and postcolonial studies. I am interested in the cultural politics of the development and aid industrial complex, affect and helping, and transnational solidarity. I am curious about representational politics, broadly speaking, and especially devoted to exploring issues of LGBTIQ rights, gender-based and sexualized violence, and reproductive justice. I am particularly moved by popular culture and other mediated spaces, including public policy, transnational campaigns, and Beyoncé.
In 2016, my research was awarded an Insight Development Grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada for my project "Queering the Mainstream," which focuses on the mainstreaming of global LGBTQ rights in the international arena. The first phase of this project is (tentatively) entitled "The Transnational Politics of Prairie Pride," and considers the consequences of outsourcing racism to Other places and spaces in relation to police presence at Winnipeg Pride. The second phase of this project will critically engage with Canada's new Feminist Foreign Assistance, specifically focusing on bringing a queer reproductive justice lens to reproductive aid.
This project was also awarded a Brandon University Research Council (BURC) grant in 2016.
Related to this project, I held a Visiting Research Fellowship in Spring 2015 at the Institute of Development Studies at University of Sussex (Brighton, UK) where I began to edit the the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Queer Development Studies.
My secondary research projects are grounded in my own experience as a queer parent and killjoy-feminist academic/activist. I am currently playing with autoethnography, and am working on a writing project about rural queer reproductive justice. Additionally, since I recently made national news for advocating on behalf of sexual assault victims on campus and speak on the topic, I am thinking through the politics of faculty advocacy for sexual assault policies on Canadian university campuses.
You can 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.
My first book entitled Manufacturing Urgency: Violence Against Women and the Development Industry was published in Spring 2017.
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, baby, and dog.