I was born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick, and earned BA degrees from both the University of New Brunswick (Honors English, 1998) and Saint Mary's University (Irish Studies, 2000). After completing an MA at Dalhousie (English, 2001), I pursued a PhD at Memorial University (English), successfully defending my dissertation in February 2010. Subsequently, I did two consecutive full-time teaching terms as an Assistant Professor of English (Cape Breton University from 2010-2013, Concordia University from 2013-2014), before switching to independent employment as a researcher, editor, and proofreader (since 2014). In addition to scholarly articles, I have published book and film essays in JSTOR Daily and Salon, as well as poems in some Canadian literary magazines, including Quills Canadian Poetry and Vallum: Contemporary Poetry.

Current research areas: 

Science Fiction, Folklore, Evolutionary Theory
Analysis of genre history and interconnections

Recent scholarly activity: 

Exploring folk narrative as a source for speculations on biological mutation.

Recent publications: 

“From Fairy Host to Mutant Community: The ‘Singular’ Changeling in Folklore, Medical Discourse, and Theories of Evolutionary Change.” Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural. Forthcoming, 7.1 (Spring 2018).

Forthcoming research: 

I plan to build on the forthcoming article (Preternature, spring 2018) by exploring the "changeling" motif, and its associated themes of mutation and hospitality, in several key works of science fiction. 

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