I grew up around Vancouver and attended high school on the North Shore. I graduated from the Honours English Program at UBC and also studied critical theory and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. From the West Cost of Canada, I moved to the East Coast of the United States to attend graduate school at Brown University. Before writing my dissertation, I spent a year in Beijing taking classes and conducting research.

I returned to UBC in 2006 and am currently Associate Professor of English.

From 2010-2013, I was also the Associate Principal for Community Engagement at St. John’s College, a residential graduate college at UBC.