I completed my PhD (sociology) in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University. My MA is in public policy and administration from Ryerson University in Toronto. I completed my BA in sociology and geography at the University of Toronto. I joined the Department of Sociology here at the University of Alberta as Assistant Professor in July 2019. I am Mohawk from the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation.
My research interests include political sociology, economic sociology, fiscal sociology, law & policy, Indigenous-settler relations, Indigenous policy, and sociology of knowledge and science. I have long been fascinated by the stories that are told about budgets, taxes, and numbers in relation to the state, First Nations, and the people around us. To date, my research has centred around the cultural and political figure of ‘the taxpayer’ as a useful subject for understanding the structure of settler colonialism, and liberalism. My current research includes projects that examine the genealogy of taxation in relation to Indian policy, the use of transparency as an economic concept in relation to First Nations reserve lands, and on the operation of settler-colonial logics in expert policymaking processes.
My work has been published in Economy & Society, Critical Social Policy, and in an edited volume on ideology from UBC Press.