I use qualitative methods to research socio-spatial aspects of mobility and migration, social reproduction (family, community, and labour), racialization, and gender. For the last decade, I have explored these issues within the context of Fort McMurray and the northern Alberta oil/tar sands. Recent publications include (with Shingirai Mandizadza) "Gendered Circuits of Care in the Mobility Regime of Alberta's Oil Sands" in Gender, Place, & Culture (forthcoming http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2018.1425287). Prior to that, my research efforts were aimed at understanding practices and experiences in transnational adoption, with a focus on China. My book Transnational Adoption: A Cultural Economy of Race, Gender, and Kinship (NYU Press, 2006) was the first book-length study of China-U.S. adoption.
Current research projects include "On the Move: Employment-Related Geographical Mobility in the Canadian Context" (2012-19), a seven-year SSHRC Partnership project based at Memorial University and led by Barb Neis, for which I am Alberta Team Lead as well as "Mobile Work and Mental Health," a SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant that is the first study of mental health experiences of fly-in fly-out workers. I am also a co-investigator on two exciting projects at the University of Alberta: the KIAS-funded "Research at the Intersections of Gender" (with Susanne Luhmann, Nat Hurley, and Lois Harder) and the SSHRC-funded "Feminist Energy Futures", led by Sheena Wilson. Among a number of public knowledge mobilization projects, I have co-produced the projects Alberta Stories and Mapping Life in Fort McMurray.