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PhD Candidate in Anthropology of Health; Part-time Professor University of Ottawa, McMaster University

I am a medical and applied anthropologist with a specialization in correctional health and end of life in custody. I am a Part-time Professor at the University of Ottawa and hold a Postdoctoral Fellowship at McMaster University. My research explores the aging and dying experiences of incarcerated men, as well as the experiences of prisoners engaged in hospice as volunteer providers of care. Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted over two years in state maximum and medium security prisons in the U.S., my research will suggest meaningful models of palliative and hospice care that include justice-involved persons in the process. My research is supported by the Aging Research in Criminal Justice Health (ARCH) Network of the National Institutes of Health, Wenner Gren Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and McMaster University. I have received awards from the Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health, the International Association of Correctional and Forensic Psychology, the Society for Applied Anthropology and the Gilbrea Centre for Studies on Aging for my work. I hold an Ph.D in Anthropology of Health from McMaster University, an M.A. in Anthropology and a B.A. in Anthropology and Criminology from the University of Ottawa.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate in Anthropology of Health, McMaster University


  • 2013 
    University of Ottawa, MA Anthropology