I received my PhD in Language, Culture and Teaching from York University in 2009 and my MA in Sociology and Equity Studies from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto in 1998.
My research and teaching are interdisciplinary and consider the dynamics of violence, war and social conflict in the global context. One of my interests is the relationship between war, visual culture and nation building, a focus that I explore in a current curatorial project entitled "Surveillance and Nation Building in Canada: 1945-2011". My latest project, “The Cultural Life of Drones,” considers social responses to technologies of military surveillance and mechanized killing such as drone warfare. Along with Dr. Dina Georgis at the University of Toronto, I direct the SSHRC funded Research Creation Project "Surveillant Subjectivities: Digital Youth Cultures, Art and Affect".
With regard to my teaching, I am interested in pedagogical approaches that respond to the challenges and possibilities of teaching and learning from representations of war and social trauma. My current teaching includes the capstone course for the Research Specialization in the Department of Global Studies and the Faculty of Arts Engaged Learning Course "Post-Apocalyptic Global Futures".
In addition to my academic-based work, I curate aesthetic projects that archive visual encounters with legacies of war and social trauma. My critical art writing has appeared in PUBLIC, FUSE Magazine and in exhibition essays for the Art Gallery of Bishops University, YYZ, the Ottawa Art Gallery and as a blog for Gallery TPW.
I am Graduate Faculty in the MA Programs in Communication Studies and in Religion, Culture and Global Justice.
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