My research program investigates the ways visual practices materially and symbolically reproduce and disrupt power structures in settler colonial contexts. I am a theorist of visual politics interested in thinking with art as a method for denaturalizing the technologies state agents use to imagine the worlds they seek to govern. My research demonstrates how visual practices mediate political power in three sites: state documentation of Indigenous peoples in Canada, photographs of bison extermination, and methods for incorporating art in social science research. These projects ask how regimes of politics “see” the world; how documents mediate the lives, lands, and relations they depict; and, how ways of seeing create and sustain socio-political orders. Alive to the malleability of visual practices, these projects also examine how aesthetic strategies disobediently intervene in state ways of seeing by responding critically and creatively to the political conditions of existing worlds while materializing different futures.
I am currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. I have held two previous postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Toronto's Jackman Humanities Institute and the University of Pennsylvania's Wolf Humanities Center. I hold a PhD in Media Studies from Western University. My research has been published in Settler Colonial Studies, Humanimalia, the Journal of Narrative Politics, Public: Art | Culture | Ideas, and elsewhere.