Areas of Research Expertise:
- Politics of Race (Critical Race Theory, Racialization)
- Constructions of Identity
- Language and Minority Rights
- Criminal Justice System
- International Security Issues (Sex Trafficking)
- Comparative work (Canada and Central Eastern Europe)
- Framing and Discourse Analysis
Current Research Projects:
1. 'Stating the Nation': Nationalist Framing Strategies of Populist Radical Right Parties in Hungary
My doctoral dissertation research examines how the intersecting roles of nationalism, populism, and authoritarianism are used in the framing strategies of Populist Radical Right political parties in Hungary. Particular attention is paid to how ideas of race and gender shape social welfare policy, especially for ethnic (Roma) and gender minorities.
2. Rethinking Referenda in Iraq and Canada: Insights from an Indigenous International Perspective (Working Paper with Mariam Georgis)
This paper examines how the erasure or attempts to assimilate Mesopotamian and Turtle Island’s Indigenous inhabitants must be studied in conjunction with the modern phenomenon of nationalism and nation/state-building that has required, even necessitated, the removal of those identified as ‘outsiders’ in their own lands.
3. The 'Imaginary Indian' and 'Romanticized Roma': Consequences of Racialized Discourse and Stereotypes
In this project (early phase), I further explore the findings from my dissertation research on Hungarian Roma and compare them with stereotypes and constructions of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. This research will be presented at a workshop (Budapest, Hungary) and plenary panel (Zagreb, Croatia) in 2020 organized and funded by the Wirth Institute. https://www.ualberta.ca/wirth-institute