Assistant Professor / Geography and Environmental Studies X-University
Indigenous studies, settler colonialism, environmental justice, climate change, grassroots activism, Indigenous sovereignty, resource extraction and infrastructure, food studies, queer Indigenous feminism, decolonizing methodologies.
GEO555 Colonial Infrastructures in North America
X University: Fall 2021, FNTI: Winter 2022
This course considers the ways in which colonial power is produced, built, managed, and perpetuated through state and industry infrastructures. In North America, where colonialism is enacted through settlement and continued occupation of Indigenous lands, landscapes continue to be transformed to serve the interests of the settler state. How do Indigenous peoples imagine and relate to the land differently than settler governments? How do conflicts over infrastructure projects, land, and resources illuminate colonial power dynamics? What are the physical structures that produce settler colonialism and white possession and how can we understand them geographically? This course moves through multiple infrastructures to answer these questions, with a particular focus on historical and current projects to build railways, highways, dams, pipelines. We will end the course by considering how border infrastructures re-inscribe colonial ownership, and how Indigenous people continue to re-assert sovereignty on Indigenous lands.
GEO509 Food, Place and Identity
X University: Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Winter 2022
This course examines the role of place, race, and politics in the food system. In defining the geography of food as who eats what where and why, it considers how food's importance extends beyond mere nourishment; food is an idiom that provides individual and collective comfort and identity. However impoverished or affluent, contemporary cuisines are legacies of military conflict, colonization and commercial influence that have incorporated key, non-indigenous products that were introduced by the Columbian Exchange.