My recently completed dissertation, “A Bumpy Landing: Airports and the Making of Jet Age Canada” examines changes at and around Canada’s major airports in the early jet age. In it, I explore how, why, and in what ways these airports evolved into mass transport hubs between the 1950s and 1980s that also connected aviation to wider contemporary issues. My dissertation not only strengthens and advances historical knowledge about airports and aviation in Canada, but also contributes to the history of technology and mobility and to the broader political, social, and cultural history of postwar Canada.
Along with works in progress, I have published my research in The Journal of Canadian Studies, Studies in Contemporary History, Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies, Mobility in History, The Toronto Review of Books, and with Active History. I have also presented my research at interdisciplinary conferences in Munich, Philadelphia, Toronto, New York, and Vancouver.