I take a multi-disciplinary approach towards reveal social inequalities and contribute constructively towards diminishing them.
The focus of my research and teaching is social inequality in a context of Canada’s rich and deep diversity. A compelling understanding of social inequality comes from looking at the deep roots of homelessness in Canada. This inquiry began from a contemporary political economy framework addressing identity and exclusion from the benefits of living on Canada’s wealthy, verdant lands in the predominantly neo-liberal context of the last three decades. To do justice to the issues, the scope of my work includes struggles rooted in: Indigeneity, femininity and anti-racism as well as anti-poverty efforts.
I have taught a very wide range of courses. Currently my subjects consider inequality, the Sociology of Indigenous / Settler relations, post- colonial theory and masculinity.
I am currently writing and researching in two areas. I am following up on my homelessness book from a couple of years ago with analysis of services in Sherbrooke in support of people who are homeless. The second area of research involves community capacity building in Indigenous communities, with particular attention to First Nations of Quebec. This work began with a shared project that followed up on the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions’ recommendations about education and the Universities Canada 13 Principles on Indigenous Education. In response to these calls for change and to our own institution, Jean Manore (BU History), Avril Aitken (BU Education) and Mary Ellen have been studying Bishop’s Universities preparedness for better serving Indigenous students and exploring strategies for decolonizing the University. Other work about the community capacity building strategies and successes of Quebec Indigenous people is in the early stages of creating networks and making inquiries.