I am a white settler currently living and working on Treaty 6 territory and the homeland of the Métis. These lands and the Indigenous people who are at home in them have been here since time immemorial, long before Treaty 6 was signed in 1876 by the Cree, Saulteaux, Nakota, and Dene Nations. I intend for the work I do to pay respect to the land and its peoples, including the sky, water, plants, animals, and spirit. I strive to be in better relation with all who call this place home.

Research areas

  • literature written / published in the territories called Canada
  • spatial theory and spatial justice
  • decolonizing and anti-colonial theory and literatures
  • urban studies, suburban studies, “non-places”
  • community service-learning and community-engaged research and teaching

Book projects

My SSHRC-funded postdoctoral project, Nowhere to Here: Non-Places in the Contemporary Canadian Imagination, studies the depiction of so-called non-places—airports, chain stores, roads, and other sites of travel and consumerism—in fiction and poetry published in Canada in recent decades. I am also completing a book manuscript about the spatial politics of Douglas Coupland’s written work, based on my doctoral dissertation and entitled Complicated Geographies: Douglas Coupland’s North America.

Articles and edited issues

My previous research includes articles on Canadian authors Nalo Hopkinson, Douglas Coupland, and Michael Crummey (co-written with Kristina Fagan Bidwell), and on American author Don DeLillo. With Nancy Van Styvendale and Sarah Buhler, I also co-edited a special issue of Engaged Scholar Journal called Community Service-Learning in Canada: Emerging Conversations.

Teaching

I teach regularly at the University of Saskatchewan and St. Thomas More College using face-to-face and online delivery methods. Prior classes taught include:

  • first-year English literature survey courses in Narrative, Poetry, Drama, and Culture
  • second- and third-year English courses in Literary Theory and Contemporary Canadian Literature
  • first-year Interdisciplinary Studies courses in Writing for Academic Success

Other professional duties

I currently hold the position of Book Review Editor at Engaged Scholar Journal. I welcome expressions of interest from researchers, teachers, students, or practitioners who are interested in writing a review of a recent publication that falls under the journal’s mission. See a list of potential books for review here.

For more detailed information, take a look at my cv.