I am a citizen of the Serpent River First Nation and was born and raised in Elliot Lake, Ontario. I completed my undergraduate degree in History and English at Laurier in 2005 and obtained my MA in History from Western in 2006. While completing my PhD at Laurier through the Tri-University Graduate Program in History, I taught courses in Indigenous and Canadian history in the Department of Humanities at Mount Royal University in Calgary, and also worked as an academic advisor in the Faculty of Arts. Prior to joining Laurier as a faculty member in 2014, I was an assistant professor in the Department of History at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
I am interested in Indigenous-settler relations, particularly those framed by gender and environmental issues. I am currently working on a monograph entitled, The Serpent River Anishinaabek and Uranium Mining: A Study of Cold War Colonialism, 1953-88, which is under contract with University of Toronto Press. As a co-investigator on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)-supported interdisciplinary research team, I am also extending this project forward by examining contemporary environmental stewardship and the legacies of uranium extraction on Anishinaabek territory.
In another SSHRC-funded project, I am examining the gendered experiences of colonialism. Specifically, this project examines the roles of Indigenous women in First Nations communities in postwar Ontario, and their contributions to the politicization of First Nations from 1950s to the 1980s. My first publication derived from this work, “‘Mostly Just as a Social Gathering’: Anishinaabe Kwewak and the Indian Homemakers’ Club, 1945-1960,” will appear in the forthcoming second edition of Aboriginal History: A Reader, edited by Kristin Burnett and Geoff Read. While teaching at Memorial University, I became interested in historical and popular representations of the Beothuk people, and have contributed a chapter entitled, “Historical Sources and the Beothuk: Questioning Settler Interpretations” to Fiona Polack’s forthcoming edited collection, Traces of Ochre: Changing Perspectives on the Beothuk.
I am interested in supervising graduate students studying Indigenous history, especially topics related to gender and the environment. I have research assistantship opportunities available for students interested in these areas. Please contact me for more information.
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