I am a historian of art and visual culture working primarily on photography and photo-based contemporary art. My research focuses on the intersections of photography and social change. My award-winning book, Picturing Toronto: Photography and the Making of a Modern City (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016), looks at photography’s role in the liberal reform of early twentieth-century Toronto. I am a co-investigator for the Family Camera Network, a collaborative research partnership that explores how photography mediates ideas of family and experiences of migration, both to and within Canada.
Funded by SSHRC, my current research examines how 21st-century global migration is pictured in photography and contemporary art.