I am an Associate Professor of English at the University of Waterloo. My books include I Hope I Join the Band: Narrative, Affiliation, and Antiracist Rhetoric, The Everyday Writing Center: A Community of Practice (co-authored with Geller, et al), and most recently, Performing Anti-Racism Pedagogy in Rhetoric, Writing and Communication (co-edited with Vershawn Ashanti Young). Forthcoming from Utah State University Press/University Press of Colorado is my new co-edited collection (with Wonderful Faison), Counterstories from the Writing Center. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in writing and rhetoric. In addition to writing and writing centre studies and critical pedagogies, my particular interests include rhetorics of race and class, critical race theory, political rhetoric, and the discourses of dissent.
I have been the recipient of an Outstanding Performance Award for excellence in teaching and research from the University of Waterloo in 2015. I am most proud, however, of having been the 2017 recipient of the Federation of Students Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award (Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance).
The University of Waterloo is located on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishnaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, land promised to Six Nations, which includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.
I am a citizen of the United States and a Permanent Resident of Canada, where I now reside, teach, research, and write. I recognize that I move through the world as a raced-white subject whose body, language, and history are privileged in both the nations I call home – not by virtue of any inherent quality they might possess but through the social operations of white supremacy. I acknowledge that the idea of whiteness and materiality of white supremacism are progenitors of systemic, institutional, symbolic, and individual racism. I hear Peoples of Colour and Indigenous Peoples who are subjected to racist violence as they cry out, “I can’t breathe.” I acknowledge my culpability for white supremacy and my responsibility as a white person to oppose and resist racism enacted in my name. I commit myself to this resistance and stand ready both to hold myself and to be held accountable by others for making this commitment actionable.