I'm an Assistant Professor in the Professional Writing and Communication Program at the University of Toronto Mississauga. The courses I teach explore how language and stories work. Over the past several years, I've taught courses in expressive writing, advanced rhetoric, historical writing, place writing, feature writing, and argumentation.
I hold a doctorate in education from University of Toronto and a Masters in Communication and Culture from York University and Ryerson University. My research explores the role of the editor in the reader-writer relationship; voice, expression, and personhood; and pedagogy. I'm a member of the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship, Canadian Communication Association and National Council of Teachers of English.
Outside the classroom, I comment on education issues for the syndication service, Troy Media. My journalism background includes time spent as a reporter covering the retail sector, organized crime, and developments in Canada's biotechnology sector. In addition to serving as Senior Writer at Canadian Retailer, I served as managing editor of LAB Business, the largest circulation publication in Canada dedicated to the laboratory science industry; Bio Business, the largest circulation independent magazine covering the Canadian biotechnology scene; and Canadian Bookseller. My writing earned nominations from the Canadian Business News Awards (formerly Kenneth R. Wilson awards) for best editorial writing (2012 and 2015) and best feature writing (2015). The awards, sponsored by Canadian Business Press, honour the best in business journalism.
I'm author of Tandem Bicycle (Life Rattle Press, 2015) and editor of several short story collections, including Writing History: Local Stories by New Writers (with Shalini Nanyakkara, 2018) and Passing Through: Stories About Place (2015).