I am an assistant professor of industrial and interaction design at Syracuse University (SU), Syracuse, USA. I held a communications and editorial position with the Design Research Society from 2018-2020.
My research and practice focus on socially and community-oriented industrial design. I explore sex and gender equity in the field through a combination of research and design. I also specialize in Canadian design studies, with a focus on local design opportunities in the province of Alberta.
I am currently working on several major projects:
- My first book Situating Design in Alberta comes out November 2021 with University of Alberta Press. It features a foreword written by the Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal.
- I have started a second book project which focuses on sex and gender equity in design through a series of product case studies.
- I have a provisional patent for a more comfortable chest binder for non-binary and transgender folks.
- I co-authored a paper on research quality in design, which has been shortlisted for inclusion in the top-ranked Design Studies journal.
I teach across three programs at SU—the Bachelor of Industrial and Interaction Design, the Bachelor of Science in Design Studies, and the Master of Fine Arts in Design programs. I serve on the Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee for the SU College of Visual and Performing Arts.
- Check out this video for a glimpse into my classroom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv82MknewZA — footage was taken during my Philosophy and Ethics undergraduate lecture class in February 2021.
I have a PhD in Environmental Design and a Master of Applied Science in Environmental Design from the University of Montreal. I was awarded major scholarships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) for my graduate and doctoral work. I also hold a Bachelor of Design in Industrial Design, engineering concentration from the University of Alberta. As an undergraduate student I received the Claude Lienau Memorial Award for promise in industrial design.