I am a Professor in the Department of Political Science and the co-founder and co-director of the Grounded and Engaged Theory Lab. My research focuses on reproductive rights and justice, and the complexities of solidarity across borders. I am also a faculty affiliate of the University of Guelph’s Community Engaged Scholarship Institute, the Guelph Institute for Development Studies, the One Health Institute, and the PhD program in Social Practice and Transformational Change.
My current research includes a multi-year project (funded through a SSHRC Insight Grant) on global maternal health commitments in practice with one segment that focuses on Canadian development partnerships in Guatemala and a second segment that entails working with research partners in Mexico to examine the ways in which various contexts interact with reproductive autonomy. I am also interested in North American abortion politics and the ways that reproductive subjects navigate various and intersecting reproductive rights regimes.
I have published widely on these topics in journals such as Signs, Feminist Theory, the International Feminist Journal of Politics, and the Canadian Journal of Political Science, and in my book, Maternal Transition: A North-South Politics of Pregnancy and Childbirth, published by Routledge in 2016. I am a two-time recipient (in 2017 and 2009) of the Canadian Political Science Association’s Jill Vickers Prize in recognition of my research on gender and politics and was nominated for this award on two other occasions (in 2011 and 2015).