My areas of research include museum and source community relationships, Haida material culture, repatriation, and the links between objects and memory.
I teach courses in Collections Management; Museums & Cultural Heritage: Context and Critical Issues; Museums and Indigenous Communities; and Cultural Property.
My research and teaching are informed by ethnographic fieldwork in the Pacific Northwest, as well as collections and curatorial work in museums in Canada and the UK. I am driven to create post-colonial theory and practices that better reflect these experiences.
What I'm Working On:
Aesthetic Education: A South-North Dialogue. I am part of the TRC quadrant and help lead the Museum and Public History quadrant. The MPH quadrant is exploring the lifecycle and generational qualities of political activism in museums.
I also lead the "Memory, meaning-making and collections" project, run in partnership with First Story Toronto and the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. This program (previously SSHRC and MAP funded) provides opportunities for hands-on artifact engagement for indigenous seniors living in the city, as a means of encouraging lifelong learning, collective memory processes, and cultural fluency.
I am also interested in critical collections management - including the role of affect in catalogue records and processes needed to decolonize museum catalogues.
I serve on the Ontario Museum Association's Working Group on Indigenous Collections and tweet for the Council for Museum Anthropology.