I am happy to be joining the UofT as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the Jackman Humanities Institute. I have recently completed a PhD in Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario and hold a BA (University of Alberta) and MA (University of Victoria) in Political Science. As an interdisciplinary researcher, I work across the fields of media studies, visual studies, and decolonial political theory.
What I'm Working On:
My dissertation, Settler Colonial Ways of Seeing, analyzes documentary techniques used by the Canadian state to govern the visibility of Indigenous lives and identities, as well as how such techniques are disrupted by the interventions of Indigenous artists.
At the JHI I will begin a new postdoctoral research project, which explores the repatriation of buffalo herds to Indigenous territories as a practical work of decolonization in the North American plains region. This project will be based in discourse and visual analysis of contemporary and historical accounts of bison transport, an analysis of the 2014 Buffalo Treaty and the 2016 transfer as a decolonizing practice, including community visits and in-person interviews, and finally, a proposed photography project that will build a visual archive of the return of bison.