Crow Pass in Chugach National Forest, Summer 2016

(Photo Credit: Shay Elbaum)

About ME

My work focuses broadly on the history of biomedicine in the circumpolar world. Through my research, I explore how biomedicine operates both as a source of colonial power and as a site from which Indigenous peoples can articulate their demands for self-determination. In exploring this history, my work sheds light on the ways that contemporary interactions between biomedical researchers and Indigenous communities are shaped by their historical antecedents.

My research and teaching interests cut across Indigenous Studies, Science and Technology Studies, medical anthropology, and the history of science, medicine, and technology. At present, I hold positions both as a Lecturer in the History of Science and Medicine at Yale University and as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow  at the University of Toronto. 

I completed my PhD in History with a concentration in the History of Science and Medicine at Yale University in 2018. Before beginning my doctorate, I earned an MA in the History of Medicine and a BA in History from McGill University. You can learn more my writing  here and view my full CV here

I was born in Vancouver and raised in Nanaimo, British Columbia. In my non-academic life, I sometimes practice judo and Brazilian jiu jitsu and can often be found in or around the ocean.