My research and teaching interests cross a number of areas but are primarily focused on the representation and circulation of images and ideologies of femininity--and in particular of the maternal body--in popular cultural and especially Anglo-imperial contexts after 1850 and into the contemporary moment. Since completing my PhD at York University in 1995 on late 19th-century English-Canadian poet Isabella Valancy Crawford, I have published and presented work on imperial motherhood, colonial girlhood, eugenic feminism, the figure of the white slave, the imperial idea of the "Indian maiden," hysteria, erotic dancers, Anne of Green Gables, feminist theory in Canada, femininity and comics, and chick lit. I am completing a book-length study of early twentieth-century "Salome" dancers and am beginning a new project on Harlequin Romance novels. I have served as a member of the executive of the Canadian Literature Centre/Centre de Littérature Canadienne (CLC) for more than a decade and am Chair of the Research Board of the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (CWRC) and Book Reviews Editor of the journal English Studies in Canada (ESC). I have served in the Department as Associate Chair (Graduate), Graduate Assistant Supervisor/Placement Officer, and Honours Advisor, and will soon take up the position of Associate Chair (Academic) in EFS (July 2016-June 2019).