I was awarded my PhD in Political Science from York University in 2019, with a focus on Canadian and comparative politics. During my doctoral studies, I spent time as a visiting scholar at the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Prior to joining Laurier, I was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Guelph, with a joint appointment to the Political Science Department and Community-Engaged Scholarship Institute. I grew up in Hamilton, Ontario and was the first person in my family to attend university.
My research examines how social inequality intersects with policy-governance regimes and how political scientists can use community engaged research to understand participation in public policy beyond formal political institutions. I engage with race, class, gender, disability and other categories of difference to understand the lived experiences of policy.
One of my current research projects, the Housing on the RUF project, examines how recent housing market dynamics have affected people living with poverty in rural-urban fringe communities. A second research project examines the politics of public budgeting at the municipal level, with attention to participatory budgeting processes. In both these projects, I often work collaboratively with other scholars and community members.
I am happy to supervise graduate students in the areas of Canadian politics, democratic participation, social policy, poverty governance, and housing policy.