About Me

Writing is my passion and my vocation. It has always been part of my life in one form or another. While I do some creative writing, I am a sociologist by occupation. Since 2003, I have been a tenured professor at Queen’s University where I taught courses on research methods, race, the sociology of health, and applied sociology. Since the 1990s, my research focus has been on critical whiteness studies. I have one edited book and one monograph on the subject (Whiteness Fractured, Routledge 2013) and many articles. I also wrote a book on the Roma community in Toronto (Writing the Roma, Fernwood 2016). My co-edited book, We Resist: Defending the Common Good in Hostile Times (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020) is an anthology of forty-two influential writers on actions we may take against austerity and attacks on our democratic freedoms. Contributors discuss impacts on and strategies flowing from communities of resistance, public institutions, social policy, and social movements. As a public sociologist, I also write for general readers. My writing appears in The Conversation, Canadian Dimension, Ricochet, National Observer, Refuge, Canada’s History Magazine, and NOW. Apart from writing, gardening is a serious love. I am training to be a Master Gardener, practicing my skills in my back yard.


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