Mobility, sustainability, heritage, cities and public engagement are my passions. I’m an accomplished written and oral communicator with an ability to synthesize complex ideas and current issues to diverse groups. My research explores the historical intersections of technology, environments and cities.
I am currently a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellow in the Department of History at McMaster University.
In 2012, I completed a PhD in history at York University. My dissertation evaluates the evolution of the Toronto subway system and the ways in which transit transformed the expanding metropolitan area from the 1940s to the present. I’m currently revising the dissertation for publication.
I’m currently co-editing a book-length publication on the intersection of mobility (transport, travel, and other forms of movement) and environment in Canadian History. The publication is based on a successful workshop held in Toronto in May 2011.
My book chapter, “Filled with Nature: Exploring the Environmental History of Downtown Toronto,” is featured in Urban Explorations: Environmental Histories of the Toronto Region, edited by L. Anders Sandberg, Stephen Bocking, Colin Coates, and Ken Cruikshank (Hamilton: L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian History, 2013). It focuses on the relationship between non-human nature and humans in Toronto’s central core and includes a suggested walking tour route.
I’ve also published an article, “Defining a Community in Exile: Vietnam War Resister Communication in AMEX Magazine, 1968-1973,” in Histoire sociale/Social History vol. 44, no. 87 (May 2011): 115-147. It looks at the role of magazine production and readership within Toronto’s Vietnam War resister community.