EDST Degree/s and graduation year/s
Educational Studies – General – Sociology of Education focus
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
How do young people, technologies, social worlds, creative practices, and families interconnect to affect each other? My research addresses this question as my teen daughter and I explore the importance of social media, particularly TikTok, in the lives of children and youth. You can listen to us talk about it on CBC’s the Current, read my reflections on learning TikTok dances from my daughter during COVID-19 in the Globe and Mail, and check out our new book chapter, A TikTok Assemblage: Girlhood, Radical Media Engagement, and Parent-Child Generativity. We are currently working on new research titled Watching TikTok, Talking Feminism: Slipping the Confines of Adult-Child Hierarchies. More generally, my research interests include media studies, youth studies, girlhood studies, popular culture, gender and education, intersectionality, social justice, qualitative inquiry, and feminist, poststructural, and posthuman theories. I am author of Girls, Style, and School Identities: Dressing the Part (Palgrave, 2008), co-author, with Dawn Currie and Deirdre Kelly, of Girl Power: Girls Reinventing Girlhoods (Peter Lang, 2009), and co-author, with Rebecca Raby, of Smart Girls: Success, School, and the Myth of Post-Feminism (University of California Press, 2017). When not working, I like listening to music, lifting weights, watching smart shows and movies (especially coming of age narratives), and hanging out with my family.