I received my PhD in Language, Culture and Teaching from York University in 2009 and my MA in Sociology and Equity Studies from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto in 1998.
My research and teaching are interdisciplinary and consider the dynamics of conflict and social change. Working primarily in the field of research-creation, my projects explore the relations between visual culture and martial politics as well as how communities craft creative modes of relationality and survival in response to practices of state securitization. I sit on the steering committee of the Centre for Research on Security Practices here at WLU and have several projects related to critical security studies:
I am currently writing a monograph that explores the relationship between war, visual culture and nation building through the work of Canadian contemporary artists who have participated in the Canadian Forces Artists Program (CFAP).
My research-creation project, “The Cultural Life of Drones,” considers the ways in which drone technologies and logistics are intimately embedded into our daily lives and asks the question: what does it mean to think of drones as culture? An exhibition of this work will be on display at the Conrad Grebel Gallery, University of Waterloo, November 14, 2019 to April 24, 2020.
Along with Dr. Dina Georgis at the University of Toronto, I direct the SSHRC funded Research Creation Project "Surveillant Subjectivities: Digital Youth Cultures, Art and Affect".
I also lead a SSHRC funded research project with the Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum, which involves the scholarly preservation, analysis and communication of historic civil defence materials for the purposed of historical reseach and dissemination. You can read about that work here.
In addition to my academic work, I curate aesthetic projects that archive the ways in which visual encounters with conflict and loss and emerge as new forms of futurity, materiality and placemaking. You can read more about my research-creation projects and art writing on my personal website.
I am Graduate Faculty in the MA Programs in Communication Studies and in Religion, Culture and Global Justice. My areas of theoretical interest are: psychoanalysis, critical race studies, postcolonialism, poststructuralism, biopolitics, research-creation and affect theory.
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