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 English from Western University in 2010 and my MA in English from Dalhousie University in 2005.
In addition to my past and present positions at Laurier’s Waterloo and Brantford campuses, I also teach in the School of Language and Communications Studies at Conestoga College.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
My research focuses on representations of abandoned space in Canadian writing, but I am also interested in Canadian literary landmarks in the context of heritage tourism and public culture.
Awards and Achievements
2011-2012: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Senate Advisory Research Committee, Queen’s University.
2010-2011: University Students’ Council Teaching Honour Roll Award of Excellence, Western University.
2007-2009: Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
The Nation in Ruins: Abandoned Spaces in Canadian Writing. Scholarly monograph (in progress).
“Preserving ‘the echoing rooms of yesterday’: Al Purdy’s A-frame and the Place of Writers’ Houses in Canada.” Canadian Literature and Cultural Memory. Ed. Cynthia Sugars and Eleanor Ty. Don Mills: Oxford UP, 2014. 84-99.
“Duncan’s Folly: The Murchison House as Mock Ruin.” New Work on Early Canadian Literature. Ed. Janice Fiamengo and Thomas Hodd. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 213 (2012): 59-81.
“Ghost Towns in the Making: Hugh Hood’s ‘The Village Inside’ and Duncan Campbell Scott’s In the Village of Viger.” Re-exploring Canadian Space / Redécouvrir l’espace canadien. Ed. Jeanette den Toonder and Bettina van Hoven. Groningen: Barkhuis, 2012. 133-45. Canada Cahiers 14.
“The Inside-Out Journey of Atwood’s Moodie: From Dream Vision to National Ghost.” Canadian Poetry: Studies, Documents, Reviews 61 (2007): 55-74.