Titre ou Fonction
- Ph.D. Student
- Canadian Colonial History and Indigenous Studies in the West; and Canadian Philanthropic Studies
- University of Kent Canterbury (UK) - School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Research
- (403) 613-9678
I am a PhD student at the Centre for the Study of Philanthropy in the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. My research situates Canadian philanthropy more explicitly within the Canadian scholarship on race, gender and settler colonialism, focused on how philanthropic organizations frame Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations to direct philanthropic practice. I was privileged to work alongside the Xwélmexw community of The’wá:lí (southwest BC) during my BA and MA on a major community project to build a digital storymap of The’wá:lí’s traditional and reserve lands and waterways. My passion is for humble, community-engaged work that centres community goals and (hopefully) advances anti-colonial, anti-racist, loving practice within and outside academia. After working in foundation philanthropy for several years, I’m hoping to combine my love of community-based research and interest in transformative philanthropic practice. I received an MA in history from the University of Victoria in 2016, and a BA in history (honours) with a minor in Indigenous Studies from Mount Royal University, Calgary in 2014.
My areas of expertise are Canadian colonial history and Indigenous Studies in the West, and Canadian philanthropic studies. In the past, I have focused on the importance of storytelling in understanding and claiming geographical places. I am now studying the role of philanthropy (of many kinds!) in Canada’s history of settler colonialism. Areas of interest: settler colonial studies, Indigenous studies, decoloniality, gender, race and racism, Canadian philanthropy studies, charity, foundations, grassroots and community giving.