PhD, Simon Fraser University
MA, Ryerson and York University
BA, University of Alberta
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I hold a PhD in Communication from Simon Fraser University. My doctoral dissertation, defended in 2012, applied Bourdieu’s theory of fields of cultural production to the Canadian stand-up comedy industry. In particular, this project mapped the career trajectories of performers from stage to screen. In addition to engaging in textual analysis, this project considered aspects of cultural labour, production studies, and shifting creative economies.
"'We weren’t hip, downtown people’: The Kids in the Hall, the Rivoli, and the Queen West Scene." Cultural Studies, (2014).
"The Aristocrats!: Comedy, Grotesqueries, and Political Inversions of the Masculine Code." Humor: International Journal of Humor Research 25.4 (2012): 401-415.
"The Cultural Critique of Gender Parody in Canadian Sketch Comedy." Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies 25.1 (2011): 133-152.
Fellowships and awards
- Postdoctoral Fellowship, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2013
- Banff Research in Culture Grant, Simon Fraser University, 2011
- Rogers Graduate Scholarship, Simon Fraser University, 2010
- Graduate Research Travel Grant, Simon Fraser University, 2009
- President’s Research Stipend, Simon Fraser University, 2009
- Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University, 2008
- Canada Graduate Scholarship, SSHRC, 2005
- FT Jenner Memorial Award for Canadian Studies, University of Alberta, 2003
- Jason Lang Scholarship, Government of Alberta, 2003
My current research explores the role of culture and the creative economy in smart growth and talent attraction and retention in the Waterloo Region. I am currently a member of the City of Kitchener’s Art and Culture Advisory Council and volunteers with various cultural organizations in the region.
- creative industries and cultural labour
- cultural production studies
- politics of humour and laughter
- Canadian popular culture
- festivals, public space, and creative cities