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, memory and nation building, a focus that I explore in a current collaborative project entitled "Finding Diefenbunker: Canadian Nationalism and Cold War Memory." 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 colleagues at the University of Toronto and Trent University, I am one of the founding members of the Canadian Network for Psychoanalysis and Culture.
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. I am pleased to be teaching as part of Inside Out Canada, a unique initiative at Laurier that brings university students together with incarcerated students in classroom-based learning. I am currently involved in a collaborative research project that explores the experiences of teachers in the Inside Out Program.
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 and as a blog for Gallery TPW.
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