Nearing the end of my PhD program in educational studies at the University of British Columbia, I came to the University of Calgary in 2008, where I am an associate professor in adult learning.
For my doctoral work, I talked to people in Vancouver, BC who self-identified as critical shoppers to explore how, through shopping, they learned about globalization, identity, and social change. My dissertation received the 2009 International Institute for Qualitative Methodology Dissertation Award and was revised as the book The Politics of Shopping: What Consumers Learn about Identity, Globalization, and Social Change (Routledge). In SSHRC-funded studies, I have talked to medical and nursing student fans of Grey's Anatomy and Scrubs about how they juxtapose portrayals in the shows with their educational programs, and to other Canadian Grey's Anatomy fans about how they learn about healthcare by watching the show. I am now studying how pop culture can be brought into professional education, especially to deepen teaching and learning related to core concepts and "sensitive" issues.
My interest in social justice is also apparent in my study exploring how LGBT people navigate coinciding messages about equity and internationalization.