I am a settler living in the beautiful northern city of Sǫ̀mba K’è (Yellowknife, NT). This is Akaitcho Territory (Treaty 8), the homeland of the Yellowknives Dene.
I was granted a PhD in History from Carleton University in 2012. During graduate school, I conducted research on different forms of outdoor recreation in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. My Master’s considered girls summer camps in the 1920s and 1930s, while my doctoral dissertation examined settler canoe culture at the end of the long nineteenth century. As a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University, I studied physical activity programming for working-class women in the decades around the turn of the twentieth century.
My first book, a monograph about the social and spatial politics of canoeing in late-nineteenth-century North America, was published with the University of Toronto Press (UTP) in 2019. Beyond academic journals and presses, my writing on recreation, culture, and the environment has appeared in Up Here, Edge YK, and Barista, and on the NiCHE Otter Blog, ActiveHistory.ca, and spacing.ca.
Through Dunkin Creative, I provide research, writing, and communications services. Please contact me if you have a project that could benefit from my knowledge or skills.
I am a Research Associate at Aurora College and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta.