I am Professor of English and Literary Studies at Sheridan College, specializing in gender and sexuality studies.
I hold a PhD in English from York University, where my research focused on modern and contemporary American literature, as well as queer literature and critical theories of sexuality, gender, race, and class.
My current research examines how histories of counterpublic experience are represented in American and transnational queer fiction and memoir written over the last fifty years.
In 2017, my article, “Archives, Creative Memoirs, and Queer Counterpublic Histories: The Case of the Text-as-Record” was published in the Australian Feminist Studies special double issue on archives and new modes of feminist research.
I’m completing a book project based on my dissertation entitled Counterpublic Histories, Radical Queer Negativity, and Creaturely Life: Exploring a Literary Archive of Queer Spaces in New York City.
An essay of mine appears in Urban Transformations in the USA: Spaces, Communities, Representations, published by Columbia University Press in 2016.
In 2016-2017, I was a Visiting Scholar at the CITY Institute at York University. My research on urban transformations and queer counterpublic histories examines queer fiction and memoir situated in cities where changes to physical and cultural geographies have altered queer spaces. I analyze literary representations of how these alterations impact queer counterpublic life. My project examines how literary modes of remembrance resist the omission and erasure of queer counterpublic histories in urban spaces.
I’ve recently completed a collection of eight linked short stories. My short fiction has been published in literary journals across Canada. Most recently, “Back Room of the Continental Hotel” appeared in Joyland, and “Opened Fire” appeared in Plenitude.
In 2017, Junction Books published my chapbook, Flood Lands.
My teaching philosophy is influenced and shaped by my appreciation of the convergence of social activism and academic work. As a scholar and instructor, I understand that social activism, like reading, is a fundamental way to engage with the world and to learn. Frameworks of intersectional experience and knowledge are central to my courses in literary studies, gender studies, sexual diversity studies, and critical thinking.