Born and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, I completed my undergraduate and master’s history degrees at the University of Waterloo by 2008. During these studies, I developed a strong interest in political history, foreign affairs, and how the Arctic environment shaped Cold War incursions. I brought these interests to Western University, where I began my doctoral studies under Robert Wardhaugh. Here I gradually honed in on questions about Ontario, federalism, and how my province’s size led many of its nineteenth-century inhabitants to believe that they could both shake and steady national unity. While conducting this doctoral research, I also maintained my Arctic interest by researching the interplay of sovereignty, Canadian-American relations, technology, science, and the environment during the Cold War.
Currently, I hold a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies & Indigenous Studies where I continue my Arctic and political research.