About Me

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 Toronto Metropolitan University. 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; sociology of knowledge and expertise; and governmentality. I am especially interested in the politics of taxation, budgets, and numbers in relation to the state and First Nations. To date, my research has centred around the cultural and political figure of ‘the taxpayer’ as a useful subject for understanding the structure of settler colonialism, and liberalism. My work has been published in Law & Society Review, Economy & Society, Critical Social Policy, and the Canadian Review of Sociology. Please see my publications page to access .pdf copies of my work.

At present I am working on projects that examine quantification, surveillance and fiscal policy, settler colonialism and policymaking processes in relation to Indigenous Nations, and on the relationship between taxation, colonialism, and citizenship. My current research is supported by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant.

My public scholarship has been published in The Conversation, and featured in The Tyee, Two Row Times, and the National Post. My research has also been covered by media outlets, such as Aboriginal People’s Television Network (APTN), Press Progress, AlbertaPolitics.ca, and Rabble.ca

I welcome inquiries from prospective students interested in pursuing graduate studies in sociology at SFU.

I currently serve as an elected member of the Canadian Sociological Association’s Research Advisory Subcommittee.