I am a writer whose work brings together Canadian literature, film, social justice work, and a commitment to questions of affect in culture. I have written about Canadian literature across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This work has been hailed as “foundational” for Canadian literary studies going forward. In 2015, I was awarded the inaugural Outstanding Scholar Award by Mount Royal University’s Faculty of Arts, and in 2016 I was awarded the Eakin Visiting Fellowship in Canadian Studies at McGill University and the Rita and Charles Bronfman Award for Excellence in Teaching.
My books are Transnational Canadas: Canadian Literature and Globalization; the edited collection Transnationalism, Activism, Art (with Áine McGlynn); and the book of interviews Producing Canadian Literature: Authors Speak on the Literary Marketplace (with Smaro Kamboureli). I am the editor of the selected works of derek beaulieu, the 2014-16 Poet Laureate of Calgary, a book entitled Please, No More Poetry: The Selected Poetry of derek beaulieu. My newest book, published in the fall of 2017, is a book of literary non-fiction about shopping malls in Canada titled Malled: Deciphering Shopping in Canada.
My commitments include working to the best of my ability in alliance with Indigenous, queer, feminist, anti-racist, and mental health communities. I have worked as a labour organizer with the Canadian Union of Public Employees and serve on the editorial boards of the Edmonton-based non-profit publisher NeWest Press, the journal Canadian Literature, and the journal ARIEL: A Review of International English Literatures. I hold a doctorate from the University of Toronto; a Master’s degree from the University of York, England; a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Victoria; and am currently a faculty member at Mount Royal University. I am based in Calgary, Alberta, on the territory of the signatories to Treaty 7; the traditional territory of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Nakoda (Stoney), and Tsuut’ina; and of the Métis Nation of Alberta.