- Research Interests/Specializations
- Critical heritage studies
- Race, space and the law
- Indigenous critique and settler colonial studies
- Militarism, war and national parks
- Infrastructure histories and empire building
- Transitional justice, reparations and social (redress) movements
- 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. Arts and Science and Art History, McMaster University
I am a practicing historical landscape architect and interdiscplinary writer with a focus in critical ethnic studies, legal geography and environmental history. I am interested in historic preservation laws (U.S.) and heritage conservation laws (Canada) as they intertwine with redress, reconciliation and recognition politics in the Hawaiian archipelago, in the Pribilof Island chain and Southeast Alaska, and in interior British Columbia.
My dissertation is particularly attentive to conflicts around land rights, indigeneity, and Asian North American (Japanese American/Canadian) identity and wartime memory. I study transborder redress circuits and contemporary organizing for the preservation/commemoration of transpacific World War II confinement landscapes (such as prisoner-of-war camps, labor camps and other wartime carceral spaces). I position this alongside Native/Indigenous resurgence (Kānaka ʻōiwi or Native Hawaiians, Unangan or Aleut Alaska Natives and the Coast Salish Stó:lō Nation in southwestern British Columbia) and claims to space, subsistence, sovereignty and demilitarization in two former U.S. territories and unceded lands in Canada's westernmost province.
- Courses Taught
I am an experienced educator and mentor to undergraduate and graduate students in studio and non-studio (history/theory) courses at the university level. Outside the university, I continue to be involved with curriculum development and facilitating programs for children, youth and adults in a variety of settings.