After attaining a BA and MA in Sociology from the University of Windsor, I continued my doctoral studies in sociology at York University. I joined Laurier in 2011 after spending some time as a postdoctoral fellow with the CHSRF/CIHR Chair of Health Services Research at York University. More recently, I have been a Visiting PECAN Fellow at the Research Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality at the University of Kent (Canterbury, UK) and a Visiting Research Fellow at PEALS at Newcastle University (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK) and the International Institute for the Sociology of Law (Oñati, Spain).
My research covers a range of themes at the intersection of global governance, sexuality and gender, and inequality and justice, including moral conservatism and neoliberalism in HIV/AIDS development practices; new governance regimes and civil society; and conservative Christianity and antigay activism in Uganda. I have also conducted research on rape culture on Canadian university campuses (with D. Langan and R. Godderis) and international development and humanitarian responses to refugee populations in Uganda and Namibia (with S. Ilcan). I am currently working with Dr. Rashmee Singh (U of Waterloo) on a SSHRC funded project that examines the role of the penal voluntary sector in governing the sex trade.
I welcome the opportunity to supervise graduate students in the areas of socio-legal studies, gender and sexuality, international governance and development, feminist theory, and social inequalities and resistance.