I was advised by a respected, senior professor early in my career that one should strive to not be a “one trick pony”. I have developed a number of different research interests, which on the surface might seem disjointed. These somewhat diverse areas of research interest are united by my desire to give voice to the experiences of those who are marginalized and to draw attention to social structural inequalities and how they impact lives in meaningful and often complicated ways. Issues relating to gender are foremost in many of my research endeavours. As a criminologist, I am particularly interested in how these processes result in the “othering” of groups of people and the implications – social and legal – for them. Also informing my research is a desire to raise awareness of patterns of injustice and work toward effecting positive change.
Eugenics, and specifically the sterilization movement in Alberta (the topic of my doctoral dissertation) remains a research interest of mine. A brief experience working as a correctional officer (during my undergraduate degree) was pivotal in influencing my curiosity and desire to learn more about criminology and corrections in particular. Over time this led to research on Aboriginal street and prison gangs. More recent research developments include an ongoing study (with Traffic Safety, City of Edmonton) on traffic safety culture, impaired driving, and other “risky” driving behaviours. My work with Arts Pedagogy Research and Innovation Lab (APRIL) permitted me to develop a research stream that focuses on innovation in the classroom (in particular project-based learning), and research on teaching mentorship with graduate students.