PhD Candidate, Queen’s
Contemporary North American literature, Indigenous Studies, youth culture, rhetoric, and the digital humanities.
- “Reading Masculinity: A Review of David Adams Richards’s Facing the Hunter, Christine Ramsay’s Making it Like a Man, and Todd Babiak’s Toby: A Man,” canlit.ca, Canadian Literature, 15 June 2012, web, 1 Sept 2013.
- “ ‘We’re writing our own stories’: An Examination of Youth Writing in Our Story: The Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge,” Studies in Canadian Literature 36.1 (2011), print.
- “Searching for Meaning: How the Internet is Changing the English Lexicon,” Memewar 10 (2009): 38–44, print.
I am interested in the impact that language and literature have on identity, power structures, and community. In particular, I am curious about the roles language and literature (or more broadly speaking, stories) can play in resistance, community building, healing, and the assertion of self. To date my research has primarily focused on Indigenous-settler relations, youth culture, and the impact of digital technology on artist practice, but I also have interests in poverty, trauma, political rhetoric, and pedagogy to name a few.
I am currently working on my dissertation entitled “Emerging Voices: Reading Canadian Youth Online,” and on a side project on settler culture and reconciliation. I teach at Queen's University and at the Royal Military College of Canada, and I welcome conversations with students from either institution. Non-academic interests include baking, martial arts, and travel.