My research

I’m an Indigenous geographer whose research interests lie at the intersection of several fields, including critical Indigenous geographies, human-environment interactions, political ecology, tribal cultural resource preservation, and science and technology studies. In particular, my current research agenda centers around investigating the ways that lessons learned by tribal nations in the defense of deceased tribal members, such as burial grounds/site protection and preservation, can be extended to protection of the living environment, including more-than-human kin (animals, plants, water), creating new political possibilities for all living things, humans and more-than-human alike, in an era of climate crisis. I argue that all of these things represent a particularly effective form of ‘quotidian’ or everyday resistance against the settler colonial state and settler colonial structures.

This direction in my work is part of a years-long research agenda extending back to  my master’s thesis (University of Minnesota Duluth, 2016), and doctoral dissertation (The Ohio State University, 2020), which both focused around Indigenous/settler contestations over Indigenous remains and burial grounds.

My work up to this point has been centered on Turtle Island (North America) and the United States, particularly in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, but I am also keenly interested in discovering the ways in which all of these processes play out on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, and in global contexts.

Other academic interests of mine include research ethics with Indigenous communities, and interdisciplinary work–I have collaborated with scholars in fields such as rhetoric, linguistics, and history.

Potential graduate students: 

Note (25 April 2021): If you are interested in working with me as a graduate student starting in the 2023-24 academic year, please get in touch in the late summer/early fall of 2022. As of right now, I expect to recruit only one master’s student for the next admissions cycle.

Every year, I seek to recruit M.A. and Ph.D. students to work with me at the University of Victoria (I do not typically recruit M.S/MSc students). I particularly welcome Indigenous applicants and applicants from other marginalized/racialized backgrounds.

If you are interested in working with me, please get in touch with me via e-mail–include your CV, a brief introduction of yourself, and an idea of the type of work that you want to do. Detailed descriptions beyond a general unspecified interest in Indigenous geographies will be helpful here.

It is extremely important that we have some form of contact/conversation before applying–departmental policy is that no student can be admitted to our graduate program without first securing an advising/funding commitment from a faculty member.

While I do not require that my graduate students work on the exact same topics as myself (my Ph.D. advisor and I had different research interests, after all), there should be at least some broad topical overlaps, such as interests in qualitative Indigenous research methods, Indigenous geographies, or Indigenous environmental issues.

I will respond to your e-mail as soon as I can–either to schedule a Zoom/phone meeting to discuss your interest, or to suggest possible other supervisors if there is not a great research fit between us.

Please do not DM me on Twitter or other social media regarding working with me as a graduate student. Also, I reserve the right to not respond to form letter emails (e-mails that are sent out to a large number of faculty with their names and research interests copied and pasted into the e-mail body).

My policy is to not make any decisions about supporting your application for admission until we’ve had a chance to have a conversation.

You should familiarize yourself with UVic’s Geography graduate program via our website, which includes application instructions, admissions requirements, and other important information. 

Funding Information:

Funding decisions are made by the Department. Funding decisions at UVic Geography are internationally competitive, and funding is not plentiful, although students who do receive departmental funding can expect to be funded for 2 years for a Master’s degree and 3 years for a Ph.D. I also commit funds as the supervisor.

Internal (Geography Department) and external funding sources are available, but international students (this includes American students) should know that they may be ineligible for certain types of Canadian funding (SSHRC, NSERC, etc). Depending on my research grant situation, there may be extra funding that I can provide beyond my required contribution, but this will vary from year to year. Please bear this information in mind when considering applying.

Please also bear in mind that I can only take on an extremely limited number of graduate students each year, in order to provide my current students with a high level of advising, funding, and mentorship. 

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