Bio

I'm a dual Irish & British citizen. I've lived in Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, Ohio, Colorado, and British Columbia. My famly and I moved to Whitehorse in 2018, and are very happy to live and work on the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council.
 

I'm an interdisciplinary teacher with a speciality in Irish, North American and Indigenous literatures.

I came to Yukon University from Thompson Rivers University where I worked on the Williams Lake campus with learners from local Secwepemc, Dakelh and Tsilhqot'in communities. I also taught writing on the main TRU campus in Kamloops, BC. Previously I taught at The Ohio State University and the University of Wyoming where I spent multiple summers teaching and advising in a preparation program for first-generation university students, including many young people from Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho communities in the Wind Rivers.

I teach Writing/Composition, Introduction to Literature and a number of second level English courses. In the Winter of 2019 I worked with students, local elders and the wider campus community to design a new Indigenous Literature course for Yukon University. Our course takes a multi-textual approach to story telling - the students explored ways to forefront dignity and respect in the study of Indigenous literary texts, and connected their curriculum with local Yukon First Nations cultures and concerns.

In Fall 2019 I designed and taught a 200-level course on Ecological Literatures. With specific attention to our Northern context, the focus of this course is on creative responses to environmental questions and the role of creative fiction in understanding climate change. In Winter 2020, I designed 'The North in Canadian Literature' course to be taught using distance technology for students in the communties for the first time.

As a researcher in the USA, I worked on issues surrounding urban policy and homelessness. During 2013-14 while based in an emergency shelter in Colorado, I undertook an ethnographic study investigating attitudes towards mobility and housing loss. Nowadays, I am most engaged by the scholarship of teaching and learning, especially questions of relevance & curriculum design in rural, remote and Indigenous education settings.

In my spare time I am a keen backcountry skier and CAA Level-1 Avalanche Skills Instructor. I serve on the board of the Yukon Avalanche Association and am a member of the Canadian Avalanche Association. I'm especially interested in ways in which social science and humanities research is shaping conversations around risk management and 'human factors' in mountain environments, and I'd like to conduct formal research in this area in the future.