I am a social anthropologist in Dalhousie University's Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology whose work focuses on the social, spatial and cultural dynamics of cities. I use ethnographic methods to investigate people's activities and interactions in urban public spaces such as commercial streets, public libraries and multiethnic neighbourhoods. My research interests include public sociability; immigration, ethnicity and interethnic relations; diversity and inclusion; urban material culture and art; the production of space; and theories and practices of cosmopolitanism.
I am often involved in interdisciplinary and applied research. The paper I co-wrote for ISEA 2011 stems from a new collaborative project with Kim Morgan (Sculpture) and Solomon Nagler (Film) at NSCAD University. I have previously conducted evaluations of social inclusion in high schools and police-community relations in the UK. My publications include Feeling Comfortable?: The Urban Experience of Anglo-Montrealers (Presses de l’Université Laval, 2000), book chapters on commercial streets, cosmopolitanism and multicultural heritage in urban public space and the co-edited book, with Xavier Leloup, Les nouveaux territoires de l’ethnicité (Presses de l’Université Laval, 2008).