As a Ph.D. student, I work hard to maintain a strong work-life balance. I strive toward research excellence while carving out ample time to be actively engaged in my self-care, in my relationships and in my community.
Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario I moved to Edmonton in 2017 with my partner T.J. to begin a PhD in Political Science at the University of Alberta. I hold a BA(H) in Political Science from the University of Windsor, and an MA in Political Science, Migration and Ethnic Relations from Western University. I consistently seek out professional development opportunities. My most recent certification includes Mental Health First Aid, Teaching & Learning Certification, and GBA+ Training.
My research is animated by the deep ambivalence I feel about being a doctoral student in the contemporary moment of ‘crisis’ in higher education. I am particularly interested in how neoliberal rationality and modes of governance shape the subjectivities and professional development of PhD students. Conceptualized as a politically important site of intervention, I aim to understand how the training of doctoral students within the contemporary ‘neoliberal university’ conditions possible futures for higher education. Synchronously with my doctoral research, I work in the field of gender and political leadership. My research focus is on media representation of political leaders.
More than anything I love to explore. Currently living in Edmonton, Alberta, I’ve found that the river valley offers a beautiful landscape for running, cycling, and canoeing. I’ve also taken full advantage of the city’s many wonderful bars and restaurants, especially those that feature live music and drag. I love to travel far and often, and have been fortunate enough to traverse the world from the cliffs of Mangawhai to the Louisiana Bayou, and so many amazing in between. In my daily life, I also enjoy gardening, home improvement projects, and community organizing.