C.V.

Citizenship: US and Canadian

Languages Spoken and Read: English and French

Educational Experience:
2003 – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
PhD Candidate, Institute of Communication Research and Women’s Studies
GPA: 4.0

2002-2003 University of Toronto
Master’s in Sociology and Equity Studies with a certificate in Women’s Studies
Final GPA: 4.0

1998-2002 McMaster University
Bachelor in Arts & Science
This program provides an integrated curriculum in both the arts and the sciences with an emphasis on writing, research and analysis.
Final GPA: 3.9

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Communication Theory, Communication and Information Technologies, History of Science and Technology, Surveillance Studies, Science in the Media, Prison Technologies, Border Theory, Canadian Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender and Feminist Studies, Video Production.

PUBLICATIONS: 

PAPERS IN REFEREED JOURNALS:

1. Race, Gender and Cyberspace: Investigating Narratives of Privilege in www.suicidegirls.com. New Media & Society. 9.4. (2007): 577-602.

2. The Introduction of Microbicides Must Also Target Men. (with R.J. Smith). Journal of Men’s Health and Gender. 4.1. (2007): 81-84.

3. Playing at Colonization: Interpreting Imaginary Landscapes in the Video Game Tropico. Journal of Communication Inquiry. 30. (2006): 142-162.

4. Protesting Privilege: an Autoethnographic Look at Whiteness. Qualitative Inquiry. 12.4. (2006): 736-749.

5. Invisible Cords and Ties that Bind: Queering Female Friendship. Journal of Bisexuality. 6.3. (2006).

6. Erasing Queerness/Constraining Disability: Representations of Queers with Disabilities in Frida and Double the Trouble, Twice the Fun. Canadian Journal of Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme. 24. (2005): 171-175.

7. Between the Margins. Atlantis. 27.1 (2002): 52.

8. She Who Laughs Last: Getting Funny with the Campus Feminists. Canadian Journal of Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme. 22/21.4/1 (2001): 82-83.

9. Bisexuality Angst. Canadian Journal of Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme. 22/21.4/1 (2001): 113-117.

BOOK REVIEWS AND BOOK CHAPTERS:

10. Reading Video Game Theory: Book Review. New Media & Society. 9.4. (2007): 169-173.

11. Bio-Benefits: Technologies of Criminalization, Biometrics and the Welfare System. Greeberg, Joshua and Sean Hier (Eds). Surveillance and Social Problems. Fernwood Press. Forthcoming 2008.

12. Using Biometrics to Re-Visualize the Canada-US Border. Kerr, Ian and Carole Lucock. (Eds). On the Identity Trail: Anonymity and Authentication in a Networked Society. Forthcoming 2008.

PAPERS UNDER REVIEW:

13. Airports, Welfare, and the State of Exception (with J. van Loon and E. Kruger). Submitted to Body & Society.

FORTHCOMING EDITED JOURNAL:

14. Communications Research and the Study of Surveillance (with Kelly Gates). The Communication Review. 10.4. Forthcoming December 2007.

The Communication Review: Guest Editor – Special Issue on “Surveillance and Communication” (with Kelly Gates)

RESEARCH AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

2004-2006 MANAGING EDITOR: The Communication Review
o Solicited manuscripts, planned issues, assigned reviewers, processed manuscripts and corresponded with authors.

2003-2004 RESEARCH ASSISTANT to Dr. Kent Ono
o Researching Japanese American incarceration films as a technique of memory.

2002-2003 RESEARCH ASSISTANT to Dr. Brian Pronger
o Researched sexual representation on the Internet. Catalogued websites dealing with sexuality.

Summer 2000 RESEARCHER, McMaster Committee against Homophobia & Heterosexism
o Conducted interviews used for report, “Experiencing Sexual Diversity at McMaster University: Experiences of Gay, Lesbian, Transgendered and Queer Students, Staff and Faculty Members”.

Summer 2000 RESEARCH ASSISTANT to Dr. Rosie Goldstein, Director of Gender and Equity Studies, University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine
o Compiled report on sexual harassment policies in medical schools at universities in Canada, website editor.

REFEREED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

“Embodying the Border.” Canadian Communication Association. Saskatoon. June 2007.

“Biometrifying the Border: Using Biometrics at the US-Canada Boundary”, International Workshop on Anonymity. Bologna, Italy. May 2007.

“Visualizing Security: Digital Surveillance and the Body”, National Communication Association, San Antonio, November 2006 (Chair and panelist).

“Critical Cultural Studies Now – A Forum on Expanding Diversity and Fostering Collaborations”, National Communication Association, San Antonio, November 2006 (Chair and panelist).

“Shaping Multiple Subjectivities in Cultural Production: Representational Practices and Politics in Film, Video and Installation”, Canadian Woman Studies Association at the Congress, Toronto, May 2006 (Chair and panelist).

“I-Tech – Thinking through the meaning of biometric fingerprinting for welfare – lessons from the US and Canada”, Canadian Communication Association at the Congress, Toronto, May 2006.

“Rethinking Feminist Sexualities Online: A study of www.suicidegirls.com”, Console-ing Passions: International conference on television, audio, new media and feminism, Milwaukee, May 2006.

Screening of my video Butch/Femme Bathrooms, Console-ing Passions: International conference on television, audio, new media and feminism, Milwaukee, May 2006.

Screening of my video Butch/Femme Bathrooms and accompanying talk, Association of American Geographers, Chicago, Mar 2006.

“Fetishizing the Normative Body: a Study of Internet Advertisements”, National Communication Association, Boston, Nov 2005.

“Understanding Gamescapes”, National Communication Association, Boston, Nov 2005.

“Remaking the Past into the Future: the Use of Biometric Technologies of Criminalization in Welfare”, Canadian Association of Cultural Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Oct 2005.

“Playing God: Interpreting the Imaginary Landscapes of Tropico”, Association of Internet Researchers, Chicago, Oct 2005.

“(Re)Imagining Disability, Qualitative Inquiry”, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, May 2005. (Chair and panelist).

“Disabled Queers of Color and Frida”, International Communication Association, New York, May 2005.

“Body/Embodiment/Disability: Interrogating Representational Practices in Media Culture”, Cultural Studies Association, Tucson, Apr 2005. (Chair and panelist).

“Moving Forward/Staying Back: Technologizing the Gendered and Racialized Body”, National Communication Association, Chicago, Nov 2004. (Chair and panelist).

“Mediating Difference: The Intersection of Communication and Ethnography”, National Communication Association, Chicago, Nov 2004.

“Commodification and Online Spaces: www.suicidegirls.com”, CTRL: Controlling Bodies, McGill University, Montreal, Oct 2004.

“Ubiquity in Internet Advertisements: Representations of Race, Sexuality, Gender and Ability”, Association of Internet Researchers, Sussex, Sep 2004.

“A Closet with a Window: Spatializing Queerness Online”, Crossroads Conference in Cultural Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, May 2004.

“Roundtable on Girls and the Media”, Console-ing Passions: The International Conference on Feminist and Television, Video, New Media and Audio, New Orleans, May 2004.

“Remaking Identities Online”, Console-ing Passions: The International Conference on Feminist and Television, Video, New Media and Audio, New Orleans, May 2004.

“Queering the Internet”, Sexual Diversity and the Spaces In-Between, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Mar 2004.

“The Grameen Bank of Bangladesh: Opportunities for Women?” International Conference of Women and Democracy, Queen’s University, Kingston, Aug 1999.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

Fall 2006 INSTRUCTOR, Communications 101: The Social and Cultural Foundations of the Mass Media, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
o Included on List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent By Their Students for Fall 2006.

Spring 2006 TEACHING ASSISTANT, Gender and Women’s Studies 260: Introduction to Women’s Studies, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
o Included on List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent By Their Students for Spring 2006. On this list, of whom only teaching assistants with exceptional evaluations were listed, I was ranked as “outstanding”.

Summer 2003 INSTRUCTOR, Topics in Cyberfeminism, Toronto Women’s Bookstore.

2001-2002 TEACHING ASSISTANT, Arts & Science 1B06: Arts and Science Writing, McMaster University.

SERVICE ACTIVITIES:

EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBER: Canadian Journal of Queer Studies in Education, The Communication Review.
MANUSCRIPT REVIEWER: Qualitative Inquiry, Octopus: Journal of Visual Studies, Trans/forms Journal: Insurgent Voices in Education, Journal of Sport and Sociology.
TEAM MEMBER: “On the Identity Trail”, The University of Ottawa.
o A SSHRC-funded project dedicated to understanding the importance and impact of anonymity in a networked society (http://idtrail.org/).
CHAIR: McMaster Student Union Gender Equity Committee (2001-2002).
CHAIR: McMaster Student Union Teaching Awards Committee (2000-2001).

FELLOWSHIPS:

Canadian Embassy Graduate Student Fellowship Program: $5,500: 2007-2008.
SSHRC Fellowship: 20,000 from 2004-2007.
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Institute for Communications Research: Fellowship of $4000 from 2003-2007.
University of California at Irvine: Chancellor’s Fellowship: $14,500 for four years (declined).
FLAS Foreign Languages Fellowship: $14, 500 for 1 year (declined).
University of Toronto: $12,000 a year for four years (declined).
University of California at Santa Cruz: Funding for four years at $29,222 (declined).
University of California, San Diego: San Diego OSGR Fellowship: Funding for four years at 32,765.50 (declined).
Ontario Graduate Scholarship: $15,000 for one year (declined).
University of Toronto (OISE) Tuition Fellowship for being one of the top three Master’s candidates: $8,000 for one year.
University of California at Santa Barbara, Eugene Cota Robles Fellowship: worth the equivalent of $18,000 US per year for 5 years: (declined).
University of California at Davis, First Year Tuition Fellowship: $25,000, (declined).
University of California at Davis, Out of State Tuition Fellowship: $10,704 (declined).
University of California at Davis, Research Assistantship in the Humanities Fellowship: $15,781 (declined).
Concordia University, Fellowship for being the top candidate, $12,000 (declined).
Brandeis University, Tuition Fellowship: $23,000 (declined).
William E. Beckel Scholarship $2000 (declined).
Carleton President’s Scholarship 1997-98 ($8000- renewable).

SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS:

2007 – Travel and accommodation scholarship to attend the Workshop on Surveillance and Inequality in Phoenix, Arizona: ~$900.

2007 – Travel and accommodation scholarship to attend On the Identity Trail’s international workshop on anonymity and privacy in Bologna, Italy: ~$2000.

2006 – Tuition Scholarship to attend the Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory (SECT) at the UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) at UC Irvine: $875.

2005 – UIUC Conference Travel Grant: $300.

2004 – Inside Out Digital Video Project:
My video proposal for Genetic was selected as one of six from across Canada to be workshopped for the Queer Youth Digital Video Project. Those selected participated in workshops organized by the Inside Out film festival in Toronto which covered script development to editing to final post-production. The videos were premiered at the Inside Out Festival in Toronto May 15-25, 2003.

2003 – Herbert M. Jenkins Prize: $150.
Awarded to a student in an Arts and Science program at McMaster University whose work, in the judgment of the Arts and Science Program Awards and Review Committee, best reflects scholarship and the spirit of inquiry.

VIDEO PROJECTS:

“Letters I’ve Been Meaning to Write”: This video series critically interrogates what it looks like when we visualize intimacy. This collection includes:
o Genetic. 5 min. (2003). An experimental narrative memoir of a daughter’s relationship with her mother.
o Not More than Friends. 4:30 min. (2004). A poetic look at the romantic tensions in female friendship.
o Homesick. 5 min. (2005). This video investigates the transformation of a mother-daughter relationship over distance.
o The Shape of My Forgetting. 5:30 min. (2005). A critical examination of intimacy within a romantic relationship.
o Butch/Femme Bathrooms. 4:30 min. (2006). This video explores the way in which female masculinity is interrogated in women’s bathrooms.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:
· National Communication Association.
· National Women’s Studies Association.
· Association of Internet Researchers.
· Canadian Association of Cultural Studies.
· Canadian Women Studies Association.
· Canadian Communication Studies Association.
· Canadian Association of Cultural Studies.
· American Association of Geographers

COMPUTER PROGRAM EXPERTISE:
· Final Cut Pro.
· DVD Studio Pro.
· Dreamweaver.
· Photoshop
· i-Movie.
· Audiogalaxy.