I received my PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture from Concordia University in 2000, with a research focus on the anthropology of medicine and the ethics of consent to elective surgery for minors.
I joined Wilfrid Laurier University as a full-time member in 2001, and as a tenure-track member in 2003. I was granted tenure in 2007, and received promotion to professor in 2014.
In 2007-08 I was a visiting research scholar at University College Dublin, in Ireland, where I gave master classes on the treatment of intersex minors and queer ethics.
My main research focus has been on how the field of medicine understood embryology and reproduction by the mid-20th century such that it configured a group of variations in biological sex development under the medical conceptual framework of ‘intersex.’ I have published extensively on the effect of diagnosis and treatment on infants and children as a consequence.
My interests in health and sexuality and ideas about “belonging” have led me to think about sexuality and food consumption as overlapping public concerns in contemporary Ireland. My 2014-2015 sabbatical is dedicated to exploring this interest further, and does so against the backdrop of the 19th-century famine that consolidated Irish identity at home and away.
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