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, including the books Negotiated Memory (2004) and Boom! Manufacturing Memoir for the Popular Market (2013) and four edited collections about life writing and digital culture, Philippe Lejeune's work on the diary, mountaineering and masculinity and life writing in Canada. 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. With Hannah McGregor and Erin Wunker, I edited the anthology Refuse: CanLit in Ruins (2018). I have a manuscript under consideration at McGill-Queens UP about mountaineering expedition narratives and gender issues. I'm a member of the Canadian Mountaineering Research Initiative at the University of Alberta, and I helped to organize its 2018 conference, Thinking Mountains. I am the PI of the six-person SSHRC Insight project Government Agent, Literary Agent: Inuit Books and Government Intervention 1968-1985. With Bill Mullins, I am editing a special essay cluster on Academic Freedom and Censorship for the journal Biography.
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, 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 and art, the queer posthuman in life writing.
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, the ethics of reading Indigenous comics.