I am a Visiting Researcher with the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance and a Senior Associate with the Innovation Policy Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. I recently served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Brock University. I also previously served as a SSHRC post-doctoral fellow at the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy at Wilfrid Laurier University. In 2013-14, I held a post-doctoral fellowship with the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance in the Munk School on Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

I received my PhD in 2013 from the Department of Political Science at The University of Western Ontario. I completed my MA (2009) at Wilfrid Laurier University, my BA (2008) at McMaster University and my methodology training at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan in 2011. I am also a recipient of the Norton Long Young Scholar Award and the Susan Clarke Young Scholars Award from the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.

My research has appeared in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, Canadian Public Administration, Canadian Public Policy, the Journal of Urban Affairs, the Canadian Journal of Urban Research, the International Journal of Canadian Studies, the Journal of Legislative Studies, the Canadian Political Science Review, the Journal of Canadian Studies and the Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance. My first book, The Boundary Bargain: Growth, Development and the Future of City-County Separation, was published in 2016 by McGill-Queen’s University Press.

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