I teach at Selkirk College and am a Senior Fellow in the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa. I am the author of Wildlife, Conservation, and Conflict in Quebec (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2013) and co-editor (with Joanna Dean and Christabelle Sethna) of Animal Metropolis: Histories of Human-Animal Relations in Urban Canada (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2017).
My research centres on the Canadian and global dimensions of environmental politics and environmental governance. My first extended foray into this territory was my dissertation, which became the basis for Wildlife, Conservation, and Conflict in Quebec. In outlining the intersection of civil society, state formation, and the development of wildlife conservation legislation and policy in that province, that project led me to further incorporate sociological and political theory on social movements and governance into my work in order to better analyze the historical dimensions of issues as diverse as foxhunting, cycling activism, war resistance, and counterculture politics. In the process, I accumulated a good deal of material on animals, in particular on the animal protection movement. My work on the development of the animal protection movement in Canada appears in a number of journal articles and in a chapter of Animal Metropolis, and I am currently working on a project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) that addresses the movement’s global dimensions. Among my other current projects, I have been working on the intersection of animal protection, abolition, and women’s rights in New York; decolonization and environmentalism in Arctic Canada; and the successful effort to shut down the proposed “Village Lake Louise” ski resort in Banff National Park.