Welcome to my website. I am Assistant Professor of Sociology at Simon Fraser University. Before joining SFU, I was Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and geography from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Arts in public policy and administration from Ryerson University in Toronto. I completed my PhD in sociology at Simon Fraser University in June 2019. I am Mohawk from the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation (Tyendinaga).
My general research interests are in political sociology; law & policy; economic sociology; fiscal sociology; Indigenous-settler relations; settler colonialism; Indigenous policy; and sociology of knowledge and expertise. I am especially interested in the politics of taxation, budgets, and numbers in relation to the state and First Nations. As of recent, my research has been focussed on understanding ‘the taxpayer’ as a political actor. My work on this has been published in Economy & Society, and Critical Social Policy. Please see my publications page to access .pdf copies of my work.
My doctoral dissertation was awarded the SFU Dean’s Convocation Medal. It explored liberal and colonial political critique of the state and of First Nations governments and its relation to citizenship and belonging. I examined two cases (The First Nations Financial Transparency Act, and the Vancouver Transit Referendum) as sites where people were addressed specifically as taxpayers, and empowered to make specific fiscal and moral critiques of the state and First Nations through concepts like transparency, audit, and accountability. My work broadly looks to understand how settler racism becomes invoked through legal and political concepts that appear ‘neutral’, like ‘the taxpayer’.
At present I am working on projects that look at settler colonialism and policymaking processes in relation to Indigenous Nations and peoples, and on the relationship between taxation, colonialism, and citizenship.
I welcome inquiries from prospective students interested in pursuing graduate studies at SFU.
I currently serve as an elected member of the Canadian Sociological Association’s Research Advisory Subcommittee.