I received my PhD in political science from the University of Toronto in 2011. Prior to this I earned an MA in political science from McMaster University and an MA in History and International Relations from St. Andrews University in Scotland.
Teaching is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. I have taught extensively at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of international relations, global governance and global public policy. I also have taught in a number of interdisciplinary programs including the Master of International Public Policy program at Laurier and, while at McMaster University, in the MSc in Global Health program and at the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition.
My research interests are focused on the internationalization of public policy, global governance, international migration and security as well as Canadian immigration and refugee policy. This research has been developed in a number of ways and most significantly in my doctoral dissertation, entitled Canadian Refugee Policy Change in the 1990s: Understanding the power of international social influence.
Recently I have been working on two projects. The first considers the evolution in the meaning and usage of “humanitarianism” as a marker of Canadian immigration and refugee policy over the last 3 decades and the impact of these changes on policy. The second project considers Canada’s extraterritorial policies used to prevent illegal migration and manage Canadian borders. In particular, it focuses on the types of oversight put in place to govern such extraterritorial activities by comparing the specific case of interdiction practices in Thailand to the controversy over detainee transfers in Afghanistan that garnered widespread attention in 2009.