I joined the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph in 2003. In addition to serving as a faculty member in the political science department, I am a faculty affiliate of the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute and the One Health Institute. I hold a BA from the University of Toronto and a MA and PhD from Dalhousie University. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Guelph, I held positions at Brock University and American University. I have published widely in the areas of gender and politics, human rights, global justice, and Latin American politics. In 2017 and 2009, I was awarded 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).
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 the global #MeToo movement and the politics of impunity.