Julia is a newly-minted PhD in Geography, having successfully defended her dissertation at McGill in November 2011. Since then, she has been a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Geography at the University of British Columbia, though she spends much of her time in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, her hometown and also the site of much of her research. In Yellowknife, she is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research.
In general, Julia's interests lie in critical northern geographies. For her PhD and postdoctoral work, she focused on northern Indigenous experiences of home and homelessness. She has also been working with Indigenous women in Yellowknife to develop new ways of understanding agency in northern women’s homelessness using storytelling and creative writing as research methods and modes of research dissemination.