2015 - MRes Social Anthropology, University of Aberdeen
2013 - MSc Social and Cultural Anthropology, University College London
2011 - BA International Development Studies, McGill University
Sub-arctic Canada, human-animal relationships, subsistence, music, song, dance, performance, storytelling, oral history, sound.
My doctoral research examines the role of music, song, and sound in Northern Athabascan peoples’ relationships with animals. This research is based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted primarily with the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada. It explores how musical practices populate the ways in which people communicate with, think about, talk about, represent, and interact with animals. In particular, my research aims to trace how instances of music at the human-animal interface run from Northern Athabascan stories and oral history to contemporary subsistence practices and expressive culture.
I am an Aberdeen Team Member of Arctic Domus, a European Research Council Advanced Grant project exploring human-animal relations and domestication across the circumpolar north.
2015-2018 - Elphinstone PhD Scholarship, CASS, University of Aberdeen
2016 - Phillips Fund for Native American Research, American Philosophical Society
2016 - Jacobs Research Funds, Whatcom Museum, University of Washington
2015-2016 - Fieldwork Grant, Arctic Domus (ERC Advanced Grant)
2014-2015 - Saltire Scholarship, Government of Scotland