• • • Bio
I was born and raised in Peterborough, ON and completed my PhD at Trent University in Canadian Studies at the Frost Centre for Canadian and Indigenous Studies. After working as a part-time instructor in the Sociology Department at Trent, I joined the Department of Sociology at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, NB in 2014 in the position of Assistant Professor.
My MA and PhD research explores the relationships between expressions of masculinity, Canadian national identity and ice hockey. I have written papers on hockey celebrities such as Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Don Cherry and examined the experiences of hockey players in the Canadian Hockey League. I am particularly interested in how one’s engagement with ice hockey impacts their expressions of gender.
Today I am building on the work I completed as a graduate student, examining Canadian national identity, aging, and winter sports.
I take pride in my teaching. Students in my classrooms are taught the importance of critical thinking and unpacking common-sense understandings of their social worlds. Here I encourage students to recognize their own social positions and the ways that privilege operates in their lives and the lives of others. In an effort to increase understanding and engagement with their own social worlds, I urge students to use the insights gleaned in their sociology classes and apply them to their own lives.
When I’m not teaching or watching hockey, I enjoy cooking and canning local food and the company of my friends and family.