I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute for Child and Youth Studies at the University of Lethbridge. I completed my MPhil and PhD (2014) in the Centre for Children’s Literature in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. I also hold a BA from Trent University and a BEd from Queen’s University.
Broadly speaking, my interdisciplinary research is concerned with the intersections between place and identity construction in the lives of children and youth. I employ a range of methodological approaches, including photo-elicitation, map-making, and reading discussion groups, to understand the ways in which young readers make sense of their worlds and their identities, within and beyond the text.
Alongside my research, I teach courses in children’s literature, young adult fiction, Canadian Literature, and academic writing.
I was born and raised in beautiful Muskoka, Ontario. While this will always be my ‘home,’ I have been lucky to live in many wonderful places, including Peterborough, Ontario; Kingston, Ontario; London, UK; and Cambridge, UK. I now call Lethbridge, Alberta, home, where I relish living so close to the Rocky Mountains. When not in the classroom or library, you can find me climbing mountains, camping, reading, and socializing with family and friends.
For more details about my publications, awards, and teaching experiences, please see my CV.