I hold a PhD in English from York University, specializing in modern and contemporary American literature, with an intersectional focus on queer literature and critical theories of sexuality, gender, race, and class.
My current research focuses on how histories of intersectional counterpublic experience are represented in American and transnational queer fiction and memoir written over the last fifty years.
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.
I also have an article forthcoming in a 2017 themed issue of Australian Feminist Studies on feminist engagements with archives and new modes of history.
In 2016-2017, I’m 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 will publish my chapbook, Flood Lands, featuring poems and a short story.
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 on creative writing, literature, queer studies, and critical thinking.