I completed my PhD (2017) in Geography at the University of British Columbia with a dissertation about slum-upgrading and pacification projects in Rio de Janeiro’s favela communities. I received both my BA/BPHE (2008) and MA (2011) at Queen’s from the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies, where I focused on critical sport and health sociology. My employment experience has primarily been in the fields of institutional equity and urban women’s health. I have most recently been a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto.
Having grown up in Toronto, I am fascinated by the dynamics and politics of the “urban.” My interests in cities range from sport mega events to slum upgrading to the social determinants of health. While my research is global, I remain grounded in the politics and pedagogies of my home on unceded and treatied Indigenous territories, be it in Toronto, Vancouver, or Kingston.
I currently live in Kingston with my partner, Mark. We moved here with our dog, Marley, who spent his best puppy years playing in Kingston’s Skeleton Park. Outside of work I can often be found fumbling around on the fiddle, reading novels, or looking for local pick-up soccer games.