I received a PhD in Communication and Culture from the interdisciplinary joint program at Ryerson/York in 2008. My MA and BA are in Political Science (from the University of Saskatchewan and University of Toronto).
I'm interested in the big questions of how we organize ourselves in society.
Every day billions of people all around the world produce enormous wealth in their activities at work and in their communities. Yet access to this wealth, to resources and political power, is terribly unequal. Only a few people reap the full rewards of our collective labour, while many people are scraping to get by. How did such an unequal system come to be "normal," and why do so many people go along with it? What would it look like to live in a truly democratic, socially just, and ecologically sustainable society? How do we get from here to there?
My research and teaching focuses on the broad question: What can we learn from, and how can we contribute to, social movements, labour unions, community organizations, and other forms of democracy-from-below?
I am willing to supervise graduate students in areas relating to social movements, political culture and institutions, emergent and residual media, and critical theory (conceived broadly to include socialist, feminist, anti-racist and anti-colonial theoretical perspectives).
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