I am a Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Faculty of Education at Western University in Ontario, Canada.  Prior to joining Western University, I was a Professor at the School of Child & Youth Care at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, where I now serve as Adjunct Professor. 

My current research, within the Common World Childhoods Research Collective, traces the common world relations of children with places, materials, and other species. I direct two SSHRC-funded projects:

  • SSHRC Insight - Transforming Waste Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education
  • SSHRC PDG - Exploring Climate Change Pedagogies with Children

I have published on a diversity of topics relating to early childhood, including Encounters with Materials in Early Childhood Education (Routledge, 2017), Unsettling the Colonial Places and Spaces of Early Childhood Education (Routledge, 2015), Journeys: Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Practices (University of Toronto Press, 2014), and Flows, Rhythms, and Intensities of Early Childhood Education Curriculum (Peter Lang, 2010).  I am currently working, with my colleague Affrica Taylor, on a book entitled Children and Animals: Common World Ethics for Entangled Lives (Routledge).

I am a co-editor of the open access Journal of Childhood Studies, Child & Youth Studies Dialogues, and the Bloomsbury book series Feminist Thought in Childhood Research.  

I am also an affiliated researcher of the The Seed Box project at Linköping University, Sweden.  


I am currently recruiting graduate students who are keen to work and study as part of the Common Worlds Research Collective and the Early Childhood Pedagogies Collaboratory.