PhD Political Science
, University of Toronto
MA International Affairs , Carleton University
BA (Honours) Economics and Political Science , University of Waterloo
I teach Global Environmental Politics and International Development Studies from a critical perspective. My research centers on the politicization of global development: showing how it is contested (from the perspective of class, gender, racialization, indigeneity), and opening it up to debate.
SSHRC Insight Grant, 2019-22, “Psychoanalysis and International Development”: Aims to investigates how, and to what extent, psychoanalysis intersects with international development; and to identify and analyze examples and case studies of psychoanalytic phenomena from both the Geography/ Development Studies literature and the international programs of development organizations based on field work.
RECENT ARTICLES/BOOK CHAPTERS:
ENVS 2000 Foundations of Environmental Politics, Justice, and Arts: undergraduate course covering the historical, local, national, and transnational dimensions of environmental politics. Key issues: socio-environmental impacts of colonialism, theories of globalization, environmentalism and liberal democratic institutions, the role of science, environmental movements, environmental justice, gender issues in development, transnational corporations, transnational environmental activism.
ENVS 6156 Critical Theories of International Development: graduate seminar focusing on comparative political theory from both “Western” and “Third World” perspectives, including the work of Lenin, Mao, Gandhi, Iqbal, Leila Ahmed, Fanon, Freire, Escobar, Said, Spivak, Bhabha, Quijano, and Anzaldúa. Themes covered include: socioeconomic/cultural imperialism, violence/non-violence, decolonization, anti-racism, nationalism, secularism, political Islam, feminist and queer politics, biopolitics, Orientalism, psychoanalysis, indigeneity, (neo)Marxism, decoloniality, postcolonialism, subaltern agency, revolution.
ENVS 3340 and ENVS 6175 Global Environmental Politics: undergraduate and graduate seminar (separate courses) covering political-economy and discursive analyses of global environmental treaties, trade, multinational corporations, gender politics, migration and citizenship, environmental security and conflict, oil extraction, water, e-waste, and biotechnology.