Currently, I’m living on the west coast in east Vancouver, and working up on Burnaby Mountain at Simon Fraser University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. This is the same mountain that Canada’s Trans Mountain pipeline passes under before reaching Vancouver’s harbour, a superhighway for fossil fuel which the Canadian government intends to expand so it can carry almost a million barrels of oil from Alberta to global markets every day. Environmental issues have become increasingly important to my teaching and research.
I grew up on the east coast in Dartmouth and Halifax, Nova Scotia, where I completed my undergrad in sociology and political science at Dalhousie (playing soccer for King’s). I went to graduate school at Carleton University in Ottawa, both MA and PhD (I guess you’re not supposed to do that, but Ottawa slowly grew on me, and my supervisor remains one of the sharpest, most empathetic professors I’ve ever met). After my PhD, I taught as a sessional for a year at the University of Ottawa, and then on a limited term contract for a year at the University of Windsor. The Motor City, including Detroit (north of Windsor, as it happens), had a major impact on me and how I think about the ‘good city.’
In the future, I’d like to fly less, explore ways of bringing mobility justice to nonhumans and experiment with putting some of my academic work on hegemonic automobility and cycling expansion into political practice.
(Photo header: making a speech in August 2018 at my little sister’s wedding in Halifax, my two brothers behind me. Photo right: becoming ‘two-wheeled’ in Dartmouth.)