For the most part, my academic interests have been about power. Because of this my varied focus has been on oppression, politics, culture and identity, criminology, and war. I have always been interested in form, discipline and strategy.
My first graduate thesis, in political science, compared eastern and western military theory and traditions, looking at their potential insights and applications for counter insurgency in the Middle East, and 4th Generation Warfare. I wrote Peaceful Abiding Soldiers about the need to incorporate mindfulness practices into the Canadian Forces training, culture, and ethos, as a means of mitigating PTSD, and building greater resilience and efficiency in soldiers.
The fundamental premise for all of my work is that all situations and sentient beings are fundamentally good, workable, and worthy of love, compassion, understanding, and dignity. The path and process of meeting this conviction and motivation with the realities and horrors of combat, oppression, violence, and carcerality, has not always been easy, but it has always been rewarding.