I received my PhD in Environmental Studies (humanities stream) from York University in 2007, and hold an MA in English from the University of Victoria and a BA in English from the University of Saskatchewan.
Before coming to Laurier, I held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of English at the University of Calgary, and taught for four years in the Department of English at the University of Toronto.
Teaching is a joyful vocation for me, and I find helping students to grow in their thinking and writing skills to be deeply satisfying work. When I’m not engaged in teaching or research, I can be found walking or jogging with my dog, swimming, or working on my green thumb in the back garden.
My current research and teaching is concentrated in the area of literature and the environment, with a particular focus on Canadian, American, and Indigenous literatures. I am currently working on a project titled Fences and Flows: Eco-Cultures of Security in the Canada-US Borderlands, that examines cultural portrayals of environmental phenomena that cross the Canada-US border. I am also interested in literature’s intersection with problems of infrastructure and resource extraction in the 20th and 21st centuries.
I am keen to work with students researching any aspect of literature and the environment, though my particular strengths lean towards Canadian and American literatures. I further welcome opportunities to work with students interested more generally in projects in Canadian Literature, border studies and Indigenous literatures and cultures.
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