I am excited to be a member of the vibrant, interdisciplinary community of Laurier Brantford. Prior to starting my position here in 2009, I lived in Western Canada. I was raised in Calgary and moved to Vancouver to start my undergraduate education at Simon Fraser University.
I stayed in Vancouver for ten years, completing my Bachelor of Arts with a joint major in Criminology and Psychology and my Masters of Arts in Criminology. Following the completion of my MA, I worked with a children’s mental health research unit at the University of British Columbia before moving back to Calgary to undertake my doctoral work. In 2009, I completed my PhD in Sociology from the University of Calgary.
I am interested in the intersections between gender, sexuality, health and medicine. To date, the majority of my research focuses on how norms about gender and sexuality are produced and reinforced through medical, psychiatric, and other forms of health-related knowledge. For example, my PhD work focused on how psychiatric knowledge about postpartum depression was created.
This work has expanded to include a number of new avenues of research, including sexual violence on university campuses, a critical examination of government-based information about alcohol consumption during pregnancy, and documenting the role of feminist expertise in the success of the local sexual assault centre.
In the community of Brantford and Brant County, I work closely with The Bridge to identify and address inequities experienced by the LGBTQI2S+ community and to promote acceptance and inclusion in an effort to create safer spaces for everyone where diversity is celebrated. I also work with the Sexual Assault Centre of Brant in support of anti-violence education and advocacy.
I am interested in supervising graduate students doing qualitative research in the areas of gender, sexuality and health, as well as projects that adopt feminist and/or Foucauldian theoretical frameworks.
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