A settler who lives and works on unceded Coast Salish territories, I am a women’s and gender historian of 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, “Gendered Precarity and the Politics of Care: Home and Homelessness in Downtown Eastside 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.
In History 415, we will examine selected themes in the history of Vancouver to explore how the study of the past illuminates or explains major debates in the city today. We will examine the making of the city of Vancouver on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories, with a focus on the late nineteenth century to the present. We will consider a wide range of historical topics and events as context for understanding various current debates. These may include issues related to settler colonialism; real estate speculation and immigration; poverty and gentrification; race, gender, sexuality, and violence; industry, corporate development, and city planning; the politics of recreational drugs and leisure in the “No Fun City”; and urban environmental change. Through our study, we will reflect on connections between the past and the present, and assess what is at stake in how we interpret and tell the history of this city today.
Teaching Assistant, Department of History, University of British Columbia
MA, History, University of British Columbia, 2010.
BA (Honours), History, Queen's University, 2007.