I’m a Vanier Scholar and 2020 Governor General’s Gold Medal recipient for Highest Standing in a Doctoral Program. I received my PhD in social psychology from the University of Waterloo in 2020. I’m also the proud father of a beautiful little Shorkie named Zara. I originally hail from Mexico (you’d never guess by looking at me), grew up between Ontario and Manitoba, Canada, and moved to Ukraine for 2 years before returning to Canada to attend university in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
I wanted to be an actor, so I enrolled in Theater Arts. After my first term, I received an opportunity to audition for the prestigious Winnipeg School of Contemporary Dancers’ Junior Professional Program, was accepted (I’m still not sure how), and spent the next 2 years training to be a professional dancer. After injury derailed my career potential, I returned to the classroom and began my psychology degree. Several years later, here I am, a newly minted doctor and thinking about how to leverage my training, experience, and knowledge to reach out and make a difference in the world. This blog is a part of those efforts and I’m excited that you’re here.
Identity is a topic that preoccupies the majority of my academic focus. In my dissertation research, I focused on the impact of social environments on people’s perceptions of straight-identified young men’s sexuality based on their gender performativity. Based on that work, I articulated a novel theory of identity suspicion. Together with my PhD supervisor, Richard Eibach, I am working on several follow-up studies on this theory.
Beyond identity processes, I am deeply interested in issues pertaining to gender and sexuality. I currently work with Michael Woodford and Simon Coulombe on projects related to LGBT2SIQ+ students’ experiences of university/college campus climates and the impacts on their academic and mental health outcomes.
I try to constantly learn new ways of seeing the world, adopt new lenses through which to interpret the goings on around the world, and expand my theoretical knowledge to make more informed contributions to discussions about and issues around these topics.