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

I am a PhD Candidate in Medical Anthropology at McMaster University and Part-time Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Ottawa. My current research, entitled “Living and Dying With Dignity: An Ethnographic Study of Aging, End of Life, and Hospice Care in Prison” examines 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 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 dissertation research. I hold 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