- Research Interests/Specializations
- Critical heritage studies
- Land, territory and U.S. empire
- Critical race, Indigeneity and Asian/Native relationality
- Settler colonial studies and critical infrastructure
- Militarism, war and national parks
- Transitional justice and judicial accountability in settler states
- Transpacific studies (Archipelagic and Oceanic studies / Arctic and Northern studies / Pacific Canadian studies)
- M.Arch (Post-Professional), Urban Design and Housing, McGill University
- MLA (Professional) Landscape Architecture, University of Guelph
- MLA-Exchange, Coursework in M.Sc. Architectural Conservation, University of Edinburgh
- B.Arts Sc. (Combined Hons.) Arts and Science and Art History, McMaster University
I am a practicing historical landscape architect and interdisciplinary writer with a focus in critical ethnic studies, legal geography and environmental history. My dissertation is attentive to federal preservation policy and cultural heritage law as it intersects with Indigenous land claims/ Aboriginal title and Asian North American (Japanese American + Canadian) redress and war memory. I place my legal/geographic focus on two former U.S. territories (Hawai'i and Alaska) and unceded lands in Canada's westernmost province (British Columbia).
I study the politics of preserving sub-surface and surface ruins at three remote World War II confinement landscapes (or internment camps) in proximity to the urban centers of Honolulu, Juneau and Vancouver. I use land-based methods (landscape inventory and architectural documentation, non-invasive field archaeology and gardening) coupled with archival research (historic maps, pictorial depictions, photographs in addition to Native Hawaiian/ Alaska Native/ Coast Salish written, visual, performative, oral and lived experience of place). I combine this approach with legal analysis of speech acts (such as Antiquities Act presidential proclamations, executive and militarys orders etc.) and judicial/ quasi-judicial records such as land title, redress bills, commissions of inquiry, and land restitution acts across nation-states in the transpacific U.S. and Canada.