I am a postdoctoral fellow in Family Studies and Gerontology and the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging at Mount Saint Vincent University. I recently completed my PhD at University of Toronto in the Adult Education and Community Development program. I am committed to transformative social movements and community-engaged health, research and learning. My interdisciplinary research uses aging and disability studies, historical materialist, feminist methods to explore the political economies of care work in homes, institutions, transnational diasporas, and social movements.
My SSHRC-funded doctoral research examined alternative community-based care formations, political consciousness, and revolutionary organizing in the context of austerity in Ontario. Building on this, my postdoctoral research focuses on transnational political economies of caring for older and disabled people, considering the relations of racialized migrant labour and Canadian long-term residential and home care systems. This research is supported by both SSHRC and CIHR grants.
My teaching brings together equity studies, critical gerontology, disability studies and community-engaged learning. I am a lecturer in Mount Saint Vincent University’s Family Studies and Gerontology Program and have given guest lectures on topics of disability care politics, community building, and social movement learning at several universities across Canada.
Currently, I serve as Associate Editor for Research for the Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal.
I am also involved with four federally funded research grants:
- “Migrant Care Work and the Geopolitics of ‘Aging in Place’ in Canada” at Mount Saint Vincent University informs aging and care work policies by shining light on hidden economies of (im)migrant care labour that support Canada’s aging population.
- “Direct Funding for Older People in Canada” at University of Manitoba examines how directly funded home care service programs transform the experiences, working conditions, policy landscape, and theoretical implications of community care, and how effectively those programs attend to inequalities related to disability, gender, racialization and immigration.
- “Seniors Adding Life To Years (SALTY)” at Mount Saint Vincent University aims to enhance quality of late life for older people living in residential long term care and for their caregivers.
- “Closing the Employment Standards Gap” at York University explores the experiences of precarious workers and enforcement of employment standards in Ontario.