A settler who lives and works on unceded Coast Salish territories, I am a women’s and gender historian of mid- and late twentieth-century Canada whose current research focuses on poverty, violence, colonialism, and social activism in urban spaces in Western Canada. My work operates at the intersections of various fields, both extending and connecting Canadian women’s history with Indigenous history, urban history, health history, and social movement history.
In my dissertation, “Sites of Precarity and Spaces of Activism: Gendered Poverty, Women’s Housing, and Structural Violence in East Vancouver, 1960s-1980s,” I use written and oral history sources to examine the precarious conditions of women’s poverty in Vancouver, British Columbia through analysis of women’s health, housing, and activism in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood during these decades. I use a feminist, anti-colonial approach to undertake my analysis of poverty as structural violence and of women’s creative resilience and labour in the face of it. Through this work, I seek to deepen understanding of the social determinants and effects of feminized poverty, and to broaden knowledge of the pivotal role of women in building community and creating social change.
Teaching Assistant, Department of History, University of British Columbia
MA, History, University of British Columbia, 2010.
BA (Honours), History, Queen's University, 2007.