What I Research
My main areas of research are auto/biography or life writing studies, English Canadian literature, and Canadian culture. I have secondary interests in print culture and book history, and social media.
I have written extensively on popular autobiography. With Keavy Martin, I edited a new (and improved) edition of Life Among the Qallunaat by Inuit author Mini Aodla Freeman, with the full participation of the author. I am writing a book about mountaineering expedition narratives and gender issues, and I have written and edited books about popular contemporary memoir, Canadian auto/biography and life writing, diaries, online identity and social media, and mountain masculinity. I'm a member of the Canadian Mountaineering Research Initiative at the University of Alberta, and I'm helping to organize its 2018 conference, Thinking Mountains, to be held at the Banff Centre.
I can supervise Ph.D theses in the following areas: autobiography and life writing; cultural studies and popular culture; English Canadian literature and book history. The Ph.D students I have supervised or am currently supervising are working in these areas: cancer narratives by women, Asian Canadian writing, Utopian landscape in feminist Canadian writing, Canadian women's political memoir, queer and race issues in Canadian writing, Canadian feminist science fiction, lifestyle blogging by women, autobiography and trans identity, Japanese Canadian writing about the internment, AAA games and the gaming industry, memoirs about sexual violence, the ethics of settler reading in Canadian literature an art.
I have supervised M.A. theses and have evaluated M.A. projects in the following areas: Gender Identification Disorder and queer theory, Gertrude Stein and autobiography, blogs as corporate learning tools, mountaineering writing and Gilles Deleuze, blogs as identity projects, feminism and Louise Erdrich, mountaineering literature and postcolonial theory, Oprah Winfrey as a public intellectual, Aboriginal autobiography in North America, ecocriticism in Patrick Lane's work.