Research

My research is situated in the fields of law and society, feminist studies, and science and technology studies. Work in progress includes:

Regulatory Science and Traumatic Brain Injury

Concussions sportThis project explores the rise of traumatic brain injury as a health concern, focusing on how different forms of knowledge come to inform its treatment. I am currently looking at how shifting scientific and public health discourses in Australasia and North America frame traumatic brain injury as a condition and inform emergent strategies for preventing and managing it. The next phase of the project examines how inequality mediates regulation targeting traumatic brain injury among sport participants, military personnel, and survivors of interpersonal violence in Australia, Canada, and the United States, including U.S. Pacific Island territories. It aims to illuminate how science and regulation interact across contexts, as well as how they reflect shifting understandings of brain health, the mind and body, and (injured) human agency.

Biometric Technologies, Regulation, and Social Assistance

imagesThe collection and verification of biometric data are part of everyday life. The widespread acceptance of biometric authentication has led to a multibillion dollar industry and sparked concerns around data security, individual privacy, and potential abuse by authorities. Despite concerns, biometric technologies are increasingly used as regulatory tools in the context of social assistance, often in the name of cost savings and fraud prevention; however, we know little about how biometric-based regulation affects recipients, most of whom are disadvantaged or vulnerable. How, then, is biometric authentication shaping governance practices, and how does it inform understandings and experiences of regulation? In answering these questions, the research sheds light on shifting regulatory relationships informing social assistance delivery in different jurisdictions.

Governance and Sport in Global Context

cropped-tumblr_m7tsunskjy1qbo39mo1_12801-e1507264557278.jpgThis recently completed project looked at how global sport actors, such as the International Olympic Committee and Fédération Internationale de Football Association, intervene in domains traditionally assumed to be beyond the scope of sport, including law, development, security, and urban governance. What are the consequences and possibilities of these global actors shaping policies and practices beyond sport? How does their involvement in different spaces reflect—and perhaps challenge—transnational trends in governance? My research involved fieldwork in centers of international lawmaking and sport governance as well as sites in the United Kingdom and Oceania.