My new work focuses broadly on the questions of mobilizing marginalized knowledges on university campuses. Probing the neoliberal expectations for scholars to communicate their research outcomes, I will investigate how critical knowledges (e.g. feminist, queer, Indigenous, Global South) are im/mobilized by higher education.
My first project (with Irene Shankar, Moutn Royal University) focuses on the impact of #MeToo movement on Canadian university campuses. In the wake of #MeToo, Canadian universities are under pressure to respond to sexualized violence on their campuses, and are struggling to do so. Perplexingly, postsecondary campuses have access to decades of feminist scholarship on sexualized violence, but this access point in higher learning has not translated into meaningful responses. This project will explore how universities can be armed with policies and procedures, but continue to lack sufficient resources for eliminating rape culture on campuses. This project has been awarded a Brandon University Research Council grant.
I am also working on a life writing manuscript exploring kinship with a focus on complicating queer conceptions of chosen and birth family.
In 2016, I was awarded an Insight Development Grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and a Brandon University Research Council grant for my project "Queering the Mainstream." Theoretically expanding feminist scholarship on gender mainstreaming by integrating a queer analysis of inclusion paradigms, I have explored what motivates the development industry to mainstream LGBTIQ rights the industry. For this project, I have conducted semi-structured interviews with development practitioners and civil society in US and Canada about this new ‘sexuality turn’ in the industry. The publications stemming from this project are in progress.