I became an economist when I realized that economic issues impact so many social issues I care about. But despite the importance of economics, it can be daunting to try to make sense of the business and economic coverage in the newspaper. My goal is to translate economic issues so that the public can understand how economic ideas impact our lives, and to encourage debates about what sorts of economic changes we would like to pursue.
My current research focuses on the formation of economic expectations and the policy consequences of these expectations. I am interested in economic argumentation (academic studies, policy papers, news media reports etc.) and its influence on expectations about the feasibility and desirability of economic alternatives. My current SSHRC Insight Grant research considers the impact of the pandemic on economic arguments regarding both inflation and economic marginalization.
My previous research has investigated the economic rationales employed to justify austerity programs, labour market policies and financial regulation.
I have research assistantships opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students interested in economic argumentation and discourse analysis.
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of economic policy, globalization, economic and business journalism and critical journalism studies.
"Keynesian Expectations, Epistemic Authority and Pluralism in Economics: Placebo Effects in Normal and Abnormal Times" Cambridge Journal of Economics. (forthcoming)
"Legitimating Worker Dis/entitlement: Editorial Depictions of Canadian Postal Workers’ Wage Struggles” Canadian Journal of Communication 45, no. 4:567-587, 2020. (with Brittany Bonnis)