“I currently teach full-time with the Centre for Global Studies at Huron College. I have taught 13 courses to date, and I attribute my success in obtaining full-time academic work to the structure of my PhD Program in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, which builds in opportunities for doctoral candidates to teach a course of their own design during the third year of the program. Having a teaching record in my home department absolutely facilitated my success in obtaining a teaching position elsewhere.”
Supervisors: Dr. Katherine McKenna and Dr. Bipasha Baruah
Describe your research.
My graduate research and training has been in the field of gender equality and international development, providing me with the opportunity to explore feminist and anti-colonial perspectives on global development, program and policy analysis, and international research methodologies. My doctoral research examines, with the aim of enhancing, the management of microfinance programs promoting women’s empowerment in sub-Saharan Africa.
How do you de-stress?
Yoga, cooking/baking, cleaning, and walking my dog.
What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
The support of mentors, like my supervisor and a handful of other faculty who really “get” me and my approach to academic work. But even more importantly than that, having a close group of female friends who understand the trials and frequent isolation of graduate-level work and aggressively support all of my life decisions. That’s the trick!
What is your “dream” career?
Canadian Minister of International Development (that’s right Marie-Claude Bibeau, look out!).
Do you engage in volunteer activities?
Yes! I currently serve on the Board of Directors for Emerging Leaders. I also volunteer in a consultative capacity with Youth Opportunities Unlimited. Both are not-for-profit, London-based organizations.
What one thing would you like people to know about you?
I would like to be remembered as someone who is kind.
What’s your favourite book?
by John Wyndham