I received my PhD in Sociology from the University of Calgary in 1998.
I joined the department of Sociology as an assistant professor at Laurier in 2000.
My research focuses on cultural representations and experiences of motherhood, fatherhood, childhood and youth with a particular focus on media representations and expert advice. Much of my recent work has involved examining the ways in which early years brain development advice has changed the culture and experience of motherhood and contributed to policies and programs that have increased the scrutiny and regulation of mothers. Other recent studies include an examination of media representations of fatherhood, a historical examination of changing understandings of women’s paid work and childcare, and an analysis of the resurgence of 'attatchment' in child rearing advice and education.
Current research projects include an exploration of the social expectations facing parents with respect to managing and regulating their adolescent children's online lives and a book-length overview of mothering in a neo-liberal world of responsibility, achievement and risk.