I’m a white settler of English, Scottish, Irish, German, and Dutch descent; I live on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories in what is currently called Vancouver.
I am currently a Lecturer in the First Nations Studies department at Simon Fraser University where I teach classes in Indigenous histories of North America, Coast Salish histories, and oral history. I have also taught classes in the History department, and I specialize in teaching the fields of Indigenous history, Canadian cultural and social history, and gender and sexuality in colonialism.
I hold a PhD in History from Simon Fraser University (2018), where I completed my dissertation, “Sovereign Culture: Stó:lō Cultural Heritage and Political Activism in the Twentieth Century.” This was a SSHRC-funded project supervised by Dr. Mary-Ellen Kelm and approved by the Stó:lō Nation’s Research and Resource Management Center. It involved community-engaged oral history and archival research. I am currently working on a book proposal for this work.
I also hold a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto (2010) and a Bachelor of Arts in History and French from SFU (2008).