BA, MA, PhD
PhD in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, 2006, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
MA in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, 2001, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
MA in Philosophy, 1999, York University, Toronto, Canada
BA (Honours) in Communication, Culture, and Information Technology (Science and Technology Studies), 1998, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada
Material practices of northern colonialism; Imagined northern geographies and landscapes; History of technology; History of exploration - particularly heroic exploration narratives; Technology, exploration, and empire; History of aviation; Canadian history - interwar and northern history; Environmental history
I am interested in the relationship between technology and place in the circumpolar world, the role of technology in the practice of polar exploration, and I have a special interest in the history of aviation in the circumpolar world. My current research examines the polar flights of Roald Amundsen and Richard Byrd in the 1920s and 1930s as a way of exploring how the introduction of aircraft influenced our images of polar exploration, polar environments, and polar heroes. At the same time, I am interested in the material culture of polar exploration as evidence of intersecting Circumpolar and Western histories of technology and exploration. I am also developing a new research project looking at the history of the north as a militarised space. More broadly, I am interested in how the technologies we use to move through northern environments leave traces on our ideas about 'the north'.