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                                      “Not everything that can be counted counts.

                                       Not everything that counts can be counted.”

                                                                                                          ~ Albert Einstein



My overall research interests lie in the area of social justice and the use of arts in community and citizenship education, be it the educational impact of women’s collective resistance, the Raging Grannies’ use of songs and humour in the social and political education of the public, or the use of documentary film festivals as a way of building community and sharing stories of courageous and creative communities from around the world. The goal is for these stories of struggles and victories to inspire hope and action. I have received 3 research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada(SSHRC) [Doctoral Fellowship, Postdoctoral Fellowship, and Standard Research Grant] as well as others.

Since arriving at StFX in July 2007, I have been doing research on community-based documentary film festivals as tools for citizenship education and community building. I am currently working on three  projects. I am writing up a case study on the creation of the People’s Archive of Rural Nova Scotia (PARNS) by the Antigonish County Adult Learning Association (ACALA). The second project is a collaborative research project with women who worked as educational field staff with Canada World Youth cross-cultural international educational exchanges. The third is writing about a research project using documentary films and discussion in a carceral setting.

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