Research

The primary focus of my research is female blackness and performance in popular culture. This research garnered extensive international media attention when it was announced that the “Gender and Performance” course that I created and delivered in Fall 2015 would focus on Beyoncé’s most recent album. I did numerous print, radio and television interviews that resulted in coverage by: Canadian Broadcast Corporation; Business News Network; The National Post; Flare Magazine; Canadian Press; ABC NEWS; CTV News; the Canadian Association of University Teachers, and countless articles in provincial, local, and international news outlets. I also wrote an editorial for the Huffington Post that addressed some of these issues.

The secondary focus of my research is the 2015 Canadian federal elections. This research featured a research-creation project called #ELXN42 that examined the intersections of federal politics and social media. In particular, my project used autoethnographic text and photographs, inspired by African American photographer Carrie Mae Weems, to disrupt the systemic exclusion from civic engagement that some minoritized voters experience in Canadian electoral politics. My project received a Lois Claxton Humanities and Social Sciences Award from the University of Waterloo in 2015 and findings from this research will be shared at the 2016 Canadian Association of Cultural Studies Conference.

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