Current Project

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A Transnational History of Gay Liberation: Print Culture, Visuality, and Racialized Desires in North America, 1971- 1994
 

This project examines the production, circulation, visual content, and reception of leading gay periodicals published in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. from the early 1970s through the 1990s, including gay liberation, lifestyle, and erotic magazines. I argue that the sexual and erotic imagery in these periodicals advanced gay liberation across borders and helped to build transnational gay communities and identities. I also argue that this imagery was a product of a transnational production of homoerotic desires shaped by class, race, and location and mediated by gay periodicals.

Former Projects

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Mapping Foolscap: Gay Oral Histories, 1981-1987

Digital Exhibit (2017)

This digital exhibit draws on oral histories collected by John Grube and Lionel Collier between 1981 and 1987 to locate places where gay men gathered, cruised, and socialized in Toronto through the 1940s to the late 1960s. Zohar Freeman and myself created this exhibit in collaboration with the LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratorydirected by Dr. Elspeth Brown, and The Arquives: Canada's LGBTQ2+ Archives. 

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The Feast of the Dead: French Historiography and the Idea of Death among the Huron-Wendat in Early Seventeenth Century

Undergraduate Research Project (2014)

This ethnohistory project discusses the social, economic, and political dimensions of the mortuary customs, rituals, and myths associated with death among the Huron-Wendat. Some of the themes examined include the Feast of the Death, stories of the afterlife, and the ritual lament that the Wendat performed during their funerary rituals.