2015-Present       Ph.D. Candidate, Western University
Supervisor: Dr. Laurel Shire
“Barberton Daisies: The Role of White Women in the Settlement of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek and the Canadian Prairies in the Nineteenth Century”
Comprehensive Exam Fields:
Global environmental history (major)
American scientific history (minor)
Theories and histories of settler colonisation in North America (minor)

2014-2015        Master of Arts in History, Western University
Supervisor: Dr. Alan MacEachern
“Two Deaths in Matawan Creek: How the 1916 New Jersey Shark Bite Incidents Influenced Ichthyologic Research in Early Twentieth Century United States”

2009-2014        Bachelor of Arts in History, University of Calgary

Work Experience

2018-2019 Digital History Research Assistant, Western University
2017-2019 Digital Fellow for the Society for the History of Children and Youth
2015-2018 Teacher’s Assistant: Canada from Its Origins to the Present, Western
2014-2015 Teacher’s Assistant: Making of the Modern Middle East, Western
2013-2014 Library Reference Assistant, Haskayne School of Business, UofC
2012-2014 Library Circulation Assistant, Haskayne School of Business, UofC
2008-2014 Tutor, Calgary, Alberta
Fall 2012 Classroom Assistant, UofC


03/2019 Submitted to the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, Baltimore, Maryland
Panel: Gender on the Settler Colonial Frontier: How the Natural Environment Shaped Gender Performance during the Nineteenth Century in North America, Southern Africa and New Zealand
Presentation: “Hunting on the Frontier: The Relationship between Gendered Roles and the Environment in Percy Fitzpatrick’s Jock of the Bushveld”
Note: I am currently editing a paper based on this presentation for publication

06/2019 Accepted to present at the European Conference on African Studies, Edinburgh, Scotland
Panel: From the ashes reborn: reconsidering the “Time of Troubles” in Southern Africa in the context of global history
Presentation: “Louis Trichardt and the Dzanani Venda”

04/2019 Presented at the History Graduate Students’ Conference, Western University
Roundtable: Digital History Research Tools, Methodology, and Instruction
Presentation: Professional opportunities linked to digital research methods in history

05/2015 Presented at the History Graduate Students’ Conference, Western University
Panel: Settler Societies and Political Attitudes
Presentation: “Jock of the Bushveld: The political interpretation and value of South African children’s fiction, from 1907 to 1989”


2019 Jean Armstrong Fletcher Award
2018-2020 SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship
2017-2018 Ontario Graduate Scholarship
2017 & 2018 Professor Kenneth Hilborn Graduate Student Award for Research and Conference Travel
2016 & 2017 William Edgar Travel Funds
2015-2016 Ontario Graduate Scholarship


2016-2017 Society of Graduate Students’ Teaching Assistantship Award, Western
2015-2016 SOGS Teaching Assistantship Award, Western


English, fluent
Afrikaans, fluent
Dutch, comprehension and literacy

Technical Expertise

Microsoft Office Suite
Typing speed of 100wpm

Volunteer Experience

2019 Volunteer, London Chapter of the Canadian Spelling Bee
2018-2019 Organiser, Network of Women and Gender Minorities in History, Western
2015-2016 History Graduate Students’ Association Conference Committee Chair, Western
2015-2016 Student Co-ordinator, Bruce McCaffrey Memorial Seminar Series, Western
2015 Assistant to the Organisers, HGSA Association Conference Committee, Western
2014-2015 Head Chair, HGSA Fundraising Committee, Western
2013-2014 Assistant to the Co-ordinator, Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute Speakers’ Series, Calgary, Alberta
2012-2014 President,Historical Students’ Association, University of Calgary
10/2013 Head Organiser, “An Evening with J.L. Granatstein”, University of Calgary
2010-2012 VP Administration, Historical Students’ Association, University of Calgary