I received my PhD in Political Science from York University and my MA from the University of Toronto. I also have a journalism degree from Carleton University.
Prior to joining Laurier, I worked as a journalist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Following that, during the early 1990s, I worked in Nicaragua as a researcher examining how structural adjustment policies affected women employed by the government, based in Managua.
My research is on the democracy-building and economic development programs of international actors (governments and international organizations) in Central America and the Caribbean. During the last 10 years, I focused primarily on how outsiders have affected economic and political developments in Haiti.
My research on Haiti has become recognized and valued in Canada and internationally. I have published in Canadian, American and European academic journals. I am regularly invited to present my work in diverse fora and have been asked to write policy briefs for international organizations, the Canadian government and non-governmental organizations. Given that Haiti is a Canadian foreign policy priority, I have also been invited to provide comments to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development on Canada’s future development role in Haiti.
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of Canadian foreign policy toward the global South, Latin American and Caribbean Politics, and democratic development.