I have taught in the Women and Gender Studies Program at Wilfrid Laurier University since 2013. I have the pleasure of teaching an Introduction to Women and Gender Studies course every year, as well as other courses in my areas of interest and specialization, including: Women and Environmental (In) justice; Women and Social Justice; Gender and Colonial Legacies; and Feminism and Reproductive Justice.
I received my PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of New Brunswick in 2012.
Prior to joining Laurier, I taught in the Department of Native Studies at St. Thomas University, in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
My research has focused on colonialism and the history of Indigenous-settler relations in Canada, the ways Indian policy has targeted Indigenous women, and the political and economic interests served. Through archival research, I have begun to formally document the coercive sterilization of Aboriginal women, and I have grounded the practice within the larger context of colonialism, the oppression of women and the denial of Indigenous sovereignty. I argue that coercive sterilization was one of many policies employed to separate Aboriginal peoples from their lands and resources while reducing the numbers of those to whom the federal government has obligations.
Future research will continue to pursue many of the questions that remain around this practice. I am especially interested in critiquing western notions of feminism and the ways these have participated in colonialism, and in developing a notion of reproductive justice that is grounded in a historical and material context and in support of Indigenous self determination.
I have also been involved in the Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada, a 5 year Community-University Research Alliances-funded project seeking to produce an accessible history of eugenics in Alberta.
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of colonialism, Indian policy and Indigenous-settler studies, feminism and reproductive justice, genocide studies and eugenics in Canada.
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