Geography and Methods
Thematic Research Area
My research examines how legal rights are negotiated and defined in liminal spaces like the border, the detention center, and the prison. My current research brings the insights of trauma-informed practice to the law and practice of Canadian immigration detention. Together with PhD candidate Molly Joeck, I am also examining how the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted immigration detention. I am also analyzing the application of the law of torts to immigration detention, evaluating the impact of Canadian border restrictions on refugees, and mapping the treatment of gender, gender identity and gender expression in refugee decision making. I currently serve as an advisor to the Multi-Agency Partnership BC Immigration Holding Center Support Program, and regularly engage in advocacy and litigation involving refugee and prison rights.