I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology & Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo. My PhD is from the Univeristy of Alberta, and I have been a visiting scholar and postdoctoral fellow at Temple University (Philadelphia PA, USA) and Newcastle University (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK).
My reserach is broadly concerned with contemporary developments in security governance, public safety, emergency planning, and policing. My dissertation research examined security dynamics around urban mega-events - mainly the Olympic Games - as a window to understand urban securitization in the post-9/11 period more generally. Over the past few years I have been digging into the Cold War origins of what is now recognized as critical infrastructure security. I have published articles based on this reserach in Security Dialogue and Resilience, and am in the process of formulating a book on the topic.
I teach graduate courses on urban security governance and governmentality, undergraduate courses on organized crime, and, at the Stratford School, a course on big data and privacy. I am happy to supervise MA and PhD students with interests in security, urban governance, and the politics of resilience - please feel free to get in touch about graduate study in these or other areas.