Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.
I received my PhD in history from the University of Toronto in 2006 and my MA from Queen’s University in 2001. Prior to joining Laurier, I was an assistant professor at the University of Southern Mississippi from 2007-2011.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
The main focus of my research is on representations of men’s mental illness in Victorian culture. This project entails a multi-textual approach, including medical and popular narratives. Ideas about mental illness were as much a creation of popular culture as medical research, and my work explores those connections. My work integrates medical, cultural and gendered understandings of men’s madness. I am also pursuing a digital humanities project on contrasting views of Jack the Ripper’s London.
Awards and Achievements
Undergraduate Research Assistantship (2014).
Laurier Research Seed Grant (2013, 2012).
Faculty of Arts Merit Award (2012).
Student Opportunities / Supervising
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of Victorian gender history, the history of sexuality and psychiatry in Britain and its empire.
"Queensberry’s Misrule: Reputation, Publicity, and the Idea of the Victorian Gentleman,” Canadian Journal of History 48:2 (2013): 277-306.
London Clubland: A Cultural History of Gender and Class in Late-VictorianBritain, Palgrave Macmillan, New York: 2011.
“Club Talk: Gossip, Masculinity, and the Importance of Oral Communities in late Nineteenth-Century London,” Gender and History 21:1 (2009): 86-106.
“A Flight to Domesticity?: Making a Home in the Gentlemen’s Clubs of London, 1880- 1914,” Journal of British Studies 45:4 (2006): 796-818.