All of my degrees are in English Literature: I received my PhD from the University of Western Ontario in 2003, my MA from York University in 1993 and my BA Honours from Carleton University in 1992. During this training, I specialized in literary and interdisciplinary cultural and feminist and poststructuralist/postmodern theories.
My research focuses on feminist ethics, an area that considers the relationships that exist/could exist between two subjects. More recently, I have concentrated on relationships that go by the name of “love,” and ask who/what are considered subjects/objects of love? Also, what is named/not named as “love?” I am a co-founder and co-convenor of the international research group “The Feminist Love Studies Network,” which emphasizes love as a potentially productive force for feminist and other political groups. I also write about the methodological implications of the recent affective/emotional turn where emotion is not only what is being studied, but how it is being studied. I am now involved with another group of scholars who are helping to consolidate the area of "Feminist Food Studies."
I have employed undergraduate students as work-study students. They have assisted me with preliminary research and with organizing events for the Women and Gender Studies Program.
I am willing to supervise graduate students in many different fields including in various kinds of feminist theory including feminist affect theory, food and consumption studies, feminist postmodern literature, and projects that pursue creative forms of argument.
Besides being a core member of the MA in CAST program, I have also served on MA and PhD graduate student committees in other fields, including in Social Work, English and Education, and as an external examiner for PhDs in Philosophy and in Women and Gender Studies.
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