My undergraduate degree (Combined Studies) is from the University of Leicester in the UK and my MA and PhD (both in Geography) are from the Ohio State University. Prior to coming to the University of Washington, I was at the University of Toronto. I teach classes on urban geography, the geographies of inequalities and feminist geographies. I am also the Director of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies.
My research spans feminist, economic, social and political geographies, particularly in terms of the relationships between care, paid work and the home, and the interconnections between inequalities, social reproduction and the state, primarily in urban North America. In general I explore the shifting contours of care work, welfare and the meanings of home associated with neoliberal social policy reforms. Currently my focus is on the migration of care workers, domestic workers’ activism and workplace rights.
In earlier projects I examined local clerical labor markets and the suburbanization of office work; the gendering of urban spaces and feminist urban politics; parents’ child-care strategies and the experiences of live-in domestic workers and nannies. I have an ongoing interest in the interconnections between critical theories, epistemologies and research methods, including the politics and ethics of doing research.
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