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I have taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in Women’s and Gender Studies since 1995.

I regularly teach at the introductory level in courses that make use of contemporary materials (including texts, visual images, videos, and social media), and analyses of contemporary and current events, to ask critical questions about gender and gender relations. I also teach undergraduate courses that are designated as courses in Critical Reading and Writing Skills.

In my classroom teaching, I am interested in the tensions, complexities and contradictions of these constantly shifting relationships, including the intellectual and institutional location of gender and Gender Studies in university level programmes, departments, and settings.

I teach undergraduate and graduate level courses related to feminist theories and theorizing, and methodologies and methods in Gender Studies. In these courses, I ask why particular types of questions engage and animate theorists at particular moments in time, and how the theoretical explanations offered can define what we are compelled, (and sometimes less compelled) to observe, explain and refute.

My approach to research methodologies and methods is to consistently question the unarticulated politics that are embedded in the ways we approach research questions, research participants, research practices, and research settings. In these courses, I actively engage students in hands-on research. For instance, I devised an innovative, ongoing research project that examines women's letters to (former) Newfoundland Premier Joseph R. Smallwood. These letters are located in Archives and Special Collections at the Queen Elizabeth II Library at Memorial University.

My own research methods are based in critical practices in ethnographic fieldwork, including exploring visual analyzes as ways of questioning and understanding. In my own research, I work closely with historical photographs and photographic records, collections and icons related to the International Grenfell Association, in Newfoundland and Labrador, and in Northern Irleand.

I am available to teach Directed Study courses at the upper undergraduate and graduate levels in Gender Studies, and in cognate areas (i.e. humanities, interdisciplinary studies) of inquiry.

I am enthusiastic to teach courses where the thematic areas of inquiry and methodological approaches are closely related to, and/or aligned with my research in the areas of human rights, reproductive justice, legal constructions of and challenges to citizenship, civil society mobilization, and state and supra-state engagement in post-conflict societies.

I supervise Master's level projects and internship reports in the Department of Gender Studies and work with PhD students in affiliate and interdisciplinary areas, including Humanities (MPhil), Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Faculty of Social Work. I serve on master's and doctoral level committees in various capacities (compreensive examination committee member, thesis committee member, committee chair, and examiner).

I have supervised, and/or am supervising graduate theses and dissertations related to women’s political participation in post-conflict regions, reproductive health and justice issues (infertility, abortion and midwifery), tansnationalism and 'internationalization,' visual analyzes, post-feminism, and women’s participation in sport.

Please contact me to discuss possibilities for undergraduate and graduate Directed Study options and supervision.

 

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