SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Department of Political Science

Lecturer, McMaster University, Sustainable Futures Program

Lecturer, Wilfrid Laurier, Department of Contemporary Studies

Academic Background

2005-2010       PhD, McMaster University. Department of English and Cultural Studies. Thesis: The Nature of Capitalism: How Green Can You Grow? Supervisor, Dr. Susie O’Brien.

2004-2005       MA, McMaster University. Department of English and Cultural Studies. Course based MA, with emphasis on Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, Globalization, and Canadian and Diasporic Literature.

1998-2004          BA Honours, University of Winnipeg.  Department of English. Thesis: Unearthing Representations of the Environment in Children’s Literature: an Overview of Ecocritical Theory and its Relationship to Children’s Literature. Supervisor, Dr. Perry Nodelman.

Refereed Publications

The Politics of the Pantry: Stories, Food, and Social Change. Montréal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s UP, Fall 2013.


“This is the End: Earth First! and Apocalyptic Utopianism.” The Modern Apocalypse Serbian translation, Ed. Goran Stankovic. Belgrade: Službeni Glasnik, 2013.

The Silence that Can Speak: Nature, Ethics and Interspecies Cosmopolitics.Environmental Philosophy. 6.2 (2009): 73-92

“Backyard Survivalism: The Global Politics of the Kitchen Garden.Politics and Culture. 2 (2009). np, 3500 words

“The Rhizomatics of Domination: From Darwin to Biotechnology.” Reprinted as Book Chapter, An [Un]Likely Alliance: Thinking Environment[s] with Deleuze/Guattari
Editor: Bernd Herzogenrath. New Castle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009.  66-83

“The Nature of Solidarity and Nature’s Solidarity: Bioregionalism, Situated Knowledge, and Unity in Diversity Within Biocultural Systems.” Atenea 27.2 (2007) (8200 words)

Cross-pollinating Marxism and Deep Ecology: Towards a Post-humanist Eco-humanism.” Cultural Logic, 10th Anniversary Special issue.  (np, 9400 words)

The Rhizomatics of Domination: From Darwin to Biotechnology.Rhizomes. 15 (2007). (np, 7200 words)

This is the End: Earth First! and Apocalyptic Utopianism.Forum. 5 (2007). (np, 9200 words)

“The Seeds of Democracy” Capitalism, Nature, Socialism. 18:3 (2007) Book Review.

 Non-Refereed Publications

 “Dropping out of the Industrial Food Chain.” Mayday Magazine, Hamilton ON. May 2007

“The Urban Forager.” Mayday Magazine, Hamilton ON. June 2007.

“Portrait of a Young Egg as a Chicken.” Mayday Magazine, Hamilton ON. July 2007

“Slow Food in Fast Times.” Mayday Magazine, Hamilton ON. September 2007.

Teaching Experience

SUSTAIN 2A03 (Jan-April 2014): McMaster University, Sustainable Futures Program (Faculty of Engineering & Society). 2nd year, 140 Students. “Societal Tools for Systemic Sustainable Change.” This course is designed to provide the skills that students need to become successful knowledge translators and mobilizers. Students are given assignments that develop their communications skills, asking them to translate policy, scientific studies, economic papers, and other “expert” documents into something an educated public would understand. This will give students the skills they need to excel in the community-based, action-oriented projects in 3A03, where students are asked to translate their knowledge of what is wrong into specific interventions on the level of the community. The ability to enter into productive, interdisciplinary dialogue with colleagues, peers, community groups, granting agencies, and each other, is crucial in empowering students to think of themselves as change agents.

SUSTAIN 3A03 (Sep-Dec 2013): McMaster University, Sustainable Futures Program. 3rd year, 40 students. “Societal Tools for Systemic Sustainable Change.” This course is designed to introduce students to a wide range of social, economic, political, and philosophical dimensions of sustainability. The class examines the concept of sustainability by focusing on specific case studies and examples in relation to larger questions of power, knowledge, and human and non-human agency. One of the main goals of the course is to provide students with the opportunity for experiential education and community service learning related to their personal passions and interests in sustainability. Students work with community partners to implement a real-world sustainability initiative of their choosing. In addition to facilitating these partnerships as an instructor, my teaching farm provides students with an opportunity to learn about sustainable farming, curriculum development, social enterprise, and local agriculture.

CSCT 755 (Jan-April 2013) McMaster University: “Neoliberalism and the Limits of the Social: Debt and the Future.” Graduate Seminar, 9 students.  This class is designed to introduce students to the concept of neoliberalism as a social form, political structure, and economic system. Considerable focus is given to the concept of ecological and economic debt as a way to explore how neoliberalism affects class, gender, race, the everyday, and conceptions of the polis, nature, and futurity. In particular, we focus on the dialectic between utopia and dystopia as it is articulated through a wide variety of social movements opposing the marketization of life.

CT 340 (Sep-Dec 2012): Wilfrid Laurier: “Consumerism and Identities.” 3rd year, 60 Students. This course provides students with a historical understanding of consumer culture, how it emerged in the 19thcentury, what it is, and how various groups are resisting it. Particular focus is given to green and ethical consumerism as an example of forms of identity politics and consumer activism.

 MX 202 (Jan-April 2012). Wilfrid Laurier: “Reading Media.” (Journalism and Media Studies). 2nd Year, 50 students. This course is designed to introduce students to a number of key concepts and ideas that will help them navigate the media landscape. We examine film, photography, news, music, advertisements, and social media for its ideological biases and underlying power relations, utilizing a wide variety of critical approaches that build student’s media literacy.

CT 202 (Sep-Dec 2011)  Wilfrid Laurier: “Science and Its Critics.” 2nd year, 26 students. This course examines scientific claims of truth by working through contemporary examples where science, public policy, perception, and other systems of knowledge clash, focusing especially on global warming, food science and nutritionism, Darwinism and creationism, genetic engineering, and the corporatization of scientific research.

CT 340 (Sep-Dec 2011) Wilfrid Laurier:  “Consumerism and Identities.”

Community Service-Learning and Outreach

Founder, Common Ground Teaching Farm 2012-present: Located outside Hamilton ON, Common Ground focuses on knowledge translation by bringing the city and the country together through an innovative urban homesteading curriculum. From ecological gardening, rainwater conservation, composting, to canning and preservation, the farm is a place where people and ideas come together. The 2013 season has already seen 5 regular volunteers, a partnership with the Sustainable Futures Program at McMaster, numerous partnerships with local businesses, non-profits, and individuals, and we have opened the door to internships and student run-initiatives.

Community Food Advisor 2013-present: After finishing a twelve week training course, I have been certified to provide cooking classes and food demonstrations on healthy eating, cooking skills, and safe food handling to diverse populations. For example, I have created a cooking demonstration at Mohawk College that introduces students to the Good Food Box, an inexpensive food box that seeks to address barriers of accessibility and class when purchasing healthy, locally-sourced whole foods. My demonstration teaches students how to creatively use the produce they find in the box, how to stretch their food dollar, and save on time by planning for left-overs.

Co-founder THAAT Co-op 2013-present: I am involved with founding and incorporating Hamilton’s first workers cooperative that focuses on providing human-powered, emissions-free transportation solutions, and which is expanding to include education and advocacy for livable cities. We have also partnered with the Sustainable Futures program to provide students with experiential and community service learning opportunities. We have received funding through the Center for Social Innovation in Toronto (Catapult Microloan Fund), and have been awarded a grant by the Greenbelt Fund to develop the Hub and Spoke, a model of aggregation and distribution for local food that utilizes cargo bikes to distribute food and preserves to farmer’s markets, caterers, and schools.  We also work to promote cycling advocacy for livable cities, sustainability education, and support local food by providing sustainable solutions to urban delivery.

McMaster Outdoor Club, Senior Trip Leader 2007-2009

After finishing various courses that focused on Group Leadership, Wilderness Risk Management, and Wilderness Survival, I led a number of winter and summer hiking trips for University students and faculty.

Conference Presentations

Panels Chaired and Organized

 “The Wretched Earth: From Monkeywrenching to Green Consumption, Tactics and Rhetoric in the Environmental Movement.” Given at “Natural and National Crises: The Shifting Sands of the Literary" conference, l’Université de Montreal, May 12-13, 2006.

Papers Given

“The Future of Food: Solving the Global Food Crisis.” The Word on the Street. Toronto, ON. September 22, 2013.

“The Problem of Starting: A Case for Radical Utopias.” 2013 John Douglas Taylor Conference. You Can’t be Serious. McMaster University, Hamilton. May 15-17, 2013.

“Leave No Debts Outstanding: Economic Rationalizations for Local Food.” Canadian Association of Food Studies Conference at Congress. Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo. May 26-June 2, 2012.

“The Politics of the Pantry: Is Local Enough?” Canadian Association of Cultural Studies Annual Conference. McGill University, Montreal. October 23-25, 2009.

“The Nature of Capitalism: How Green Can You Grow?” Nature Matters: Materiality and the More-Than-Human in Cultural Studies of the Environment. York University, Toronto. October 25-28, 2007.

“The Biopolitics of Slow Food: Transforming Naturecultures within the Gastronomic Axis.” ASLE Conference, Wofford College, South Carolina. June 12-16 2007.

“The Political Animal.” Thinking about Animals: Domination, Captivity, Liberation. Brock University, St. Catherine’s, Ontario. March 15-16, 2007.

“The Wretched Earth (First!): The Narrative Violence of the Eco-warrior.” Given at “Natural and National Crises: The Shifting Sands of the Literary" conference, l’Université de Montreal, May 12-13, 2006.

“Apocalypse Now! Earth First! and the Anarcho-primitivist Vision of a New (Old) World.” How Soon is Now: Strains of Utopia in Everyday Life, University of Western Ontario. (February 2006).

“Consuming McNature: Can I Supersize that Waterfall? The Ontology of the Wilderness Drive-thru.” Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, 59th Annual Convention, Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. (October 2005).


Folklore Studies Association of Canada annual conference, University of Winnipeg, 2004. Member of a panel for “Local Cultures and Ethnicity on the Prairies.”

“A Time for Change: Progress, History, and the Birth of Newness in Story of an African Farm and News from Nowhere.” News from Everywhere: The Conference of the Victorian and Edwardian Studies Class. University of Winnipeg, 2004.

Honours and Awards

2012-14           SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. ($81,000). Supervisor: Dr. Timothy W. Luke

2009-10           McMaster Graduate Scholarship. ($6000)

2007                Travel Bursary for Nature Matters Conference (York University). ($200)

2007                Marion Northcott Schweitzer Travel Bursary. ($1080)

2006-09           CGS-SSHRC: Canada Graduate Scholarship. ($105,000)

2006                Hamlin Family Ontario Graduate Scholarship (McMaster) Special   recognition for best OGS in humanities.

2005                Ontario Graduate Scholarship. ($15,000)

2005                Nominated for the Pierre Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship.

2005                Dr. Ronald V. Joyce Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Humanities. (McMaster). Special recognition for best OGS in humanities.

2004                Ontario Graduate Scholarship. ($15,000).

2004                McMaster Graduate Scholarship. (McMaster). ($1000)

2003                Academic Proficiency scholarship. (University of Winnipeg) ($500)

2003                Lilian Gibbons Scholarship in the Humanities. (University of Winnipeg) ($890)

2001                 Robbie Sykes Memorial Scholarship in Canadian Literature. (University of Winnipeg). ($775)

2000                Academic Proficiency scholarship. (University of Winnipeg) ($500)

1998                 Board of Regents Special Entrance Scholarship. (University of Winnipeg) ($1050)