I received my PhD in sociology from the University of Calgary in 1998.
Prior to joining Laurier, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the department of Sociology at the University of Alberta (1998-2000).
I joined the department of Sociology as an assistant professor at Laurier in 2000.
My research focuses on cultural representations and experiences of motherhood, fatherhood and childhood with a particular focus on media representations and expert advice. Much of my recent work has involved examining the ways in which early years brain development advice has changed the culture and experience of motherhood and contributed to policies and programs that have increased the scrutiny and regulation of mothers. Other recent studies include an examination of media representations of fatherhood and a historical examination of changing understandings of women’s paid work and childcare.
Current research projects include an analysis of the resurgence of the concept of attachment in current parent education programs and a book-length overview of mothering in a neo-liberal world of responsibility, achievement and risk.
I am willing to supervise graduate students interested in critical analyses of parenting or childhood culture and/or parenting experience.
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