Here's a taste of some of my past and present lines of inquiry.
exiting care: life histories of caring refusals and complex relations in Ontario
My doctoral research examines the social organization of care work in Ontario through life history research with former care providers, who stepped back from paid or unpaid care responsibilities. Motivated by my five years of experience as a care worker (including three years as a live-in care worker), the study expands feminist theorizations that frame care ethics as morality or care as a matter of work organization. The project is supervised by Dr. Susan Braedley, and supported through a Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship and an Ontario Graduate Scholarship.
changing places: unpaid work in public places
Through rapid ethnographic research in long-term residential care facilities, the project examines how people's daily/nightly work in long-term care is shaped through intersecting organizational, social and political relations. Contributing to feminist research on the intersections between paid and unpaid care work, the project attends not only to self-care work and family care work, but to changes and continuities in forms of work as people transition from home into residential care. I am a research assistant on this SSHRC-funded project, working under the direction of Dr. Pat Armstrong at York University.
the AIDS activist history project
Through activist interviews and archival work, the AIDS Activist History Project examines the social history of AIDS activism in the Canadian context. Contributing to collective projects of remembering for the future (Shotwell, 2016), the project brings into view the ordinary work social movement activists did to revise their lives and transform social relations and imaginaries of AIDS in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Working under the direction of principal investigators Drs. Alexis Shotwell and Gary Kinsman, I served as a research assistant on this SSHRC-funded project, where I co-curated an exhibit ‘Positive sex: Eroticizing safer sex practices in Canada’ (2016).
art working: an institutional ethnography of Canada’s art world
My Master's thesis, Art Working, was an effort to examine the social relations of the art world from the standpoint of practising visual artists. My scholarly interest in the art world initiated in conversation with visual artist Beth McCubbin, who said, “It’s a serious issue in the visual art world how language—or writing—has now been squished on to it. There is a serious resentment and bitterness. [Visual artists] are forced to have to justify themselves in writing.” Her experience served as a critical point of entry from which to explicate the social and conceptual relations of public art galleries. The project was supervised by Drs. Richard Darville and Graham Smart, and supported through an Ontario Graduate Scholarship.
academic grant-writing support
Since 2014, I have facilitated academic grant writing workshops in Carleton University’s Educational Developmental Center, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, School of Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies, and School of Social Work. As a part of the hands-on, interactive workshops, participants analyze successful OGS or SSRHC research statements (aka the program of study), while identifying rhetorical conventions and effective ways of phrasing or organizing them. Participants also have the opportunity to draft parts of their proposals, and to support one another by providing constructive feedback in a peer review session.