research

I am interested in how gender and sexual outlaws navigate shifting landscapes of precarity in urban and suburban space.

My thesis research explores how queer and trans* youth in suburban Toronto build connection and community in their everyday lives. I employed go-along interviews and participatory photography to study queer place-ecologies of the Greater Toronto Area and investigate how alternative forms of social infrastructure address endemic patterns of isolation and loneliness among queer and trans* youth.

In addition, I partnered with peer-led community organizations working across the GTA to understand the tensions in provisioning institutionalized social infrastructure for this vulnerable group. My thesis provides a critical counterpoint to public health research on LGBTQ2S mental health, contributes to emerging accounts of queer suburban life, and brings queer and trans* youth geographies in dialogue with current conceptual developments in gender and sexuality studies.

In my doctoral research, I will continue this line of research by conducting a comparative study of trans* place-making practices across anglophone cities in the global North.