Assistant Professor (Teaching Stream)
Urban Studies Program Coordinator (Department of Social Science, LA&PS)
PhD Environmental Studies, York University
MES Planning, York University
BA (Honours) Geography, University of Toronto
Smart cities and policy mobilities, Digital futures, Urban care and social infrastructure, Urban regions and planning, Housing, Music, place, and identity, Academic mothers and caring universities.
I supervise students in the graduate program in Environmental Studies.
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I am an urban geographer and an academic mother. Being an academic and a mommy are both labours of love! My teaching and research interests focus on the social, spatial, and material dimensions of cities and urbanization processes. My current theoretical and empirical preoccupations focus on urban dimensions relating to digital futures and policy mobilities. My research brings a critical feminist lens to current scholarly and policy discussions on smart cities by highlighting questions of care and social infrastructure in relation to the production of technocratic urbanism.
My writing and teaching interweave critical social, urban, and cultural theory to examine sociospatial inequities in regions. Along my scholarly travels, I investigated the politics of road entertainment and struggling mobilities of fairground travelers in Southern Italy; traced Bruce Springsteen’s tracks through his songwriting in his search for place and identity; and closer to home (Toronto), examined articulations of neoliberal urbanism by specifically looking at metropolitan governance and social housing issues, and regional and place-based social movements in North America.
My pedagogical approach—guided by an ethic of care—seeks to help students realize their scholarly and professional potential by giving equal attention to classroom instruction, intellectual training, and mentorship. I am committed to student-centered accessible education and creating experiential learning opportunities for students.
Recognition & Awards
- Honourable Mention, Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (contract category) - Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University
- Ian Greene Award for Teaching Excellence - Student Council of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University
|SOSC 2710||City Lives & City Forms: An Introduction to Urban Studies|
|SOSC 3701||Urban Analysis I: Developing a Research Proposal|
|SOSC 3702||Urban Analysis II: Research Project|
|SOSC 3715||The Urban Professional|
|SOSC 4710||Urban Field Experience|