I am a Settler Canadian researcher who divides her time between the traditional and unceded territories of the Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik. Currently, I am a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English at Dalhousie University in K’jipuktuk. I spend most of my time in Menahkwesk/Saint John with my partner and our babies.
Thanks in part to extensive genealogical work done by my grandmother, I can trace my North American roots to the Anglo-Protestant people of what my maternal ancestors called Plymouth Colony and the Mayflower, and on my father’s side, to a German tradesman in Philadelphia. My mother’s ancestors came to what is now eastern Canada following the Paris Treaty of 1783. My father’s ancestors—one of eight families known today in southeastern New Brunswick as the “Permanent Settlers”—came in 1766, attracted by the large tracts of land that were being offered for development by a company administered by Benjamin Franklin. Those paternal ancestors were offered 200 acres of “good” Mi’kmaw land for every family unit consisting of at least five Protestants.
My research and teaching seek to understand and help dismantle the epistemological barriers that prevent people with family histories like mine from accepting Indigenous leadership and from living in balance with Indigenous peoples. My ancestors rejected the idea that Indigenous people could or should teach us how to live in this place, and through my work, I seek to return to those moments and to make different decisions.
You can read more about my recent and current research here.