research projects

care has limits
My doctoral research uses sociological theories of care work, gender and moral worth, along with narrative and arts-based  qualitative methods, to critically reflect on the limits of care. Motivated by my five-year experience as a care worker, I examine people's narratives of withdrawing from paid or unpaid care responsibilities. The project was supervised by Dr. Susan Braedley, and supported through a Canada Graduate Scholarship and Ontario Graduate Scholarships. HERE is the link to my dissertation.

reimagining care/work policies
I am delighted to be working with Dr. Andrea Doucet as part of this seven-year project examining how social policies shape the lives of Canadian families. ‘What is the best policy mix for Canada’s diverse families with young children?’ is a question at the heart of our research, as we're taking stock of intersecting (1) childcare services, (2) parental leave policies, and (3) employment policies.

art of good care
As part of the 'art of good care' project led by Dr. Katie Aubrecht, we have been drawing on disability studies perspectives to explore continual learning and creative expression in long-term care, with a focus on enhancing relational dementia and mental health care literacies.

challenging the ‘nursing home specter’
Engaging in emancipatory, arts-based research to tell new stories about the struggles and possibilities of living, working and caring in our aging society is this project's central aim. We (Drs. Susan Braedley, Sally Chivers and Janna Klostermann) have been collaborating for 'book sprints' and are preparing a book manuscript for review.

changing places: unpaid work in public spaces
The project examines intersections between paid and unpaid care work in nursing homes in Ontario Canada, Norway and Sweden, and the UK. I am delighted to be working with Dr. Pat Armstrong and other international long-term care scholars.

AIDS activist history project
Led by Drs. Alexis Shotwell and Gary Kinsman, the project explored social histories of HIV/AIDS activism in Canada. Together, we 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 (2015), examined the work of Ontario-based visual artists, explicating how public art galleries operate. The project was supervised by Drs. Richard Darville and Graham Smart. Check out my 2015 Three Minute Thesis presentation HERE.