I received my PhD in comparative literature from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor in 2004 and my BA in Honors French from the University of Alberta in 1998. Prior to joining Laurier, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Arts in Society at Carnegie Mellon University.
My main research area is human rights in the humanities – issues such as torture, child soldiers, migrants and refugees, children’s and women’s rights, global HIV/AIDS, the environment etc. – in literature and film. Currently I am finishing up a monograph (or a series of articles) on representations of Rwanda postgenocide, and am starting a new project about children in African literary and cultural contexts. In 2009, I published Translating Pain: Immigrant Suffering in Literature and Culture, and I continue to be interested in issues related to immigrants and refugees, trauma and violence, therapy and healing.
Courses that I’ve created at Laurier and am proud to teach include EN 330: Human Rights in Contemporary Cultural Forms; EN 213: "African Child": Fictions and Representations; EN 209P The Immigrant Narrative; EN 313: West African Literatures and Cultures; EN 460L: Reading and Healing: Suffering, Literature and Medicine and EN 692w: The Witness and The Critic: The Documentary and Testimonial Genres.
I am willing to supervise graduate students with interests in postcolonial literatures, African literatures, global literatures, human rights, immigrants/refugees, trauma studies, life-writing and pathography.
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