About Me

I am a scholar of media, religion, and culture with a PhD in Communication and Culture and a background in screen writing and media production. My MFA screenplay is a dark comedy about the assassination of Canadian icon, William Shatner. It can be seen in his presence below.

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My PhD research focused on the mass media debate surrounding the very controversial and problematic Christian ex-gay movement (commonly known through the slogan, “pray the gay away”). I currently research, write, and teach on various interactions between religion and culture and I also teach several media studies and film studies survey courses. I work as a sessional lecturer at multiple universities in southern Ontario.

Although my take on religion is always academically critical and at times may appear irreverent, I am a member of a progressive and inclusive faith community, the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto. There I volunteer as a member of the MCC Toronto Refugee Strategy and Fundraising Advisory Committee and write letters of support for LGBTQ refugee claimants seeking convention refugee status from Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board. I have also attended a Zen Buddhist Temple, where I studied meditation, took the precepts, and received the name Maha. My religious practice is rooted in love of neigbour rather than dogmatics and I consider satire (when done well) and sacrilege to be potential forms of spirituality.

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