I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Athabasca University, located in Amiskwaciwâskahikan / ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ, land belonging to the Plains Cree, Woodland Cree, Beaver Cree, Ojibwe, and the Métis people.
After seven years of full-time sessional work, two years as a Writing and Learning Consultant, and four years tutoring at Athabasca University in Philosophy, Women’s and Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, and Political Science, I am now a continuing faculty member in Philosophy at Athabasca University. I am thrilled to be pursing my passion for philosophy at an open and flexible distance education institution.
My current writing explores a critical phenomenology of the body that intersects fatness, gender, ability, and race. My research is grounded in feminist philosophy and investigates changing selfhood in light of time, habit, and gender oppression—especially as it relates to the fat body. I also write on sexual violence against fat people, fat temporality, and Simone de Beauvoir. I have a second research program in the scholarship of teaching and learning, focusing on how e-learning interventions and universal design can foster positive academic integrity cultures.
I defended my PhD in December of 2014. My supervisor was Dr. Cressida J. Heyes, H.M. Tory Chair in Political Science at the University of Alberta (and the academic formerly known as the Canada Research Chair in the Philosophy of Gender and Sexuality). My dissertation, entitled “Habits of Resistance: Feminism, Phenomenology, and Temporality,” was the subject of an episode of CBC Radio’s Ideas in February, 2015.
I am originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan located on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis (Cree, Nakoda, and Salteaux). I am thrilled to say that I was recently appointed to Adjunct Professor in the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (Philosophy) at the University of Saskatchewan (2022). I began university at the University of Saskatchewan in 2001, where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with High Honours and recognition in French (2005) and a Master’s of Arts degree (2007).
In 2010, I was awarded a graduate student teaching award for excellence in teaching from the faculty of arts at the University of Alberta. I recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Technology-based Learning from Athabasca University (2019). You can read some of what I’m up to on my Linkedin page, and my CV is below.