Biography

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With hip-hop legends Jazzy Jay and Tony Tone.

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Welcome to my website. I’m a PhD student in Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario, and sessional instructor at the University of Guelph.

I’m currently researching the roots of Canadian hip-hop, with emphasis on the socio-economic and cultural forces that helped shape Toronto’s early scene (approx. 1980-89). My project is supported by a Doctoral scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. My advisor is Dr. Keir Keightley.

Further research and teaching interests include Canadian media theory (particularly the works of Harold Innis), the political economy of communication, sport and militarism, and curriculum design.

In 2015, my article “‘We Wanted Our Coffee Black’: Public Enemy, Improvisation, and Noise” was published in Critical Studies in ImprovisationI am currently authoring a chapter on Michie Mee for a textbook on Canadian popular culture as well as co-authoring two essays with Dr. Jesse Stewart of Carleton University on early Canadian hip-hop for forthcoming edited volumes.

Before enrolling at Western, I earned an MA in Music and Culture at Carleton University (Ottawa), and a BA in Digital Media Studies (4.13/4.33 GPA) from Vancouver Island University, in my beautiful hometown of Nanaimo, BC.

I’m a music industry veteran who enjoyed a 20-year career in Vancouver’s hip-hop scene as a DJ, producer, recording engineer, journalist, and radio host. In 1989, I began broadcasting “In Effect” at CITR radio (UBC), the first radio show on Canada’s west coast dedicated strictly to hip-hop music. I also collaborated on recordings nominated for Canada’s Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year (2003 and 2005). I am fortunate to apply my passion for music to academic endeavours and feel that I am uniquely positioned to contribute to Canadian hip-hop scholarship.

I would like to teach at the post-secondary level, specializing in Canadian media, digital technology, popular music and culture, and hip-hop studies. I am also interested in teaching media awareness to elementary and high school students.

 

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