My research began as an investigation of tropes of sickness and disease in Quebec's literary and political writing. I sought to critique the notion, based on the concept of the body politic, that allusions to sickness are a reflection of "sick" nationhood.
Since then, I have translated my interest in social and cultural uses of the body to more contemporary phenomena. I am undertaking research into health campaigns and fundraising initiatives that call on participants to use or modify their bodies for a cause. This has developed into a major project looking at Temporary Sobriety Iniatives as a way to link behaviour change, cultural change, the body and philanthropy.