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.
- 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-engaged research and teaching
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.
- 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
Podcasting and other public work
I create and host a weekly podcast called Teachin’ Books, all about the ways people teach, learn, and work with literature. You can follow the podcast on Twitter or Instagram and can listen to episodes through most podcasting apps.
As part of my ongoing efforts to think through the possibilities of uncertainty in research, teaching, and learning, I wrote a piece for Hook & Eye called “On Feeling Unsure.” I’ve also written on the value of using social media for my own daily writing practice as part of the Network in Canadian History & Environment’s series on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected research and writing in the environmental humanities.
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.