I'm a sociologist and currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Sociology at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus. Previously I taught in the Department of Criminology at Wilfrid Laurier University, located in Brantford, Ontario Canada.
I received my PhD from McMaster University (Sociology), MA from Carleton University in (Sociology) and BA from Carleton University in Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Broadly my research interests are in crime and deviance, families, gender and sports. I use ethnographic methods relying on observations, in-depth interviews and social media.
Using interpretative theories, I study how women construct, manage, resist their identities in public. I have conducted research on the construction of violent women as well as women who are married to professional athletes. More recently, I have become interested in the intersections of crime, deviance and social control as applied to sports.
I am currently working on SSHRC funded research project that explores how families of professional athletes manage traumatic brain injuries (concussions) suffered in the context of professional sports and the concerns and conflicts that emerge for interpersonal family relationships and dynamics.