Curriculum Vitae

Education

M.A. Social and Political Thought (anticipated 2012)
University of Regina (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada)

  • Thesis: “Tentativeness and Permeability in the Political Thought of Hannah Arendt.” Supervisor: Dr. Phillip Hansen.
  • Courses: Social and Political Thought Foundations, Hannah Arendt, Philosophy of Emotions, Continental Political Theory

B.A. Political Science (Honours) and English (Major), 2004-2008
Saint Mary’s University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)

  • Thesis: “Affirmation and Antithesis: Corresponding Concepts of Freedom in Arendt and Marx.” Supervisor: Dr. Stella Gaon.
  • Graduated magna cum laude with GPA 3.99/4.3.
  • Member of the President’s Hall of Academic Excellence (2008)
  • Member of the Dean’s List (2006 – 2008)
  • 3rd-year Courses: British Novel 1855-1910, Canadian Politics in the 21st Century, Charter Politics & Constitutional Change, Democratic Theory & Cosmopolitanism, Development of Science Fiction, Masterpieces of Western Literature, Restoration and 18th-Century Literature, Women in Public Policy
  • 4th-year Courses: Advanced Writing Fiction, International Organizations, Political Parties & Democratic Change, Political Terrorism, Political Violence, Shakespeare’s Histories, Theories of the State, Victorian Literature

Conference Presentations

Colgan, Alex. “Plural Discourses, Social Justice, and the Public/Private Divide in Hannah Arendt.” Short paper presented at the University of Regina, University of Manitoba, & Campion College Graduate Students’ Philosophy Symposium, March 27, 2010.

Skills

  • Past work in technical, promotional, informative, and web writing.
  • Experience in researching and writing on a broad variety of popular, academic, scientific, and technical subjects.
  • Strong research and interview skills; careful attention to factual detail.
  • Sharp eye for detail, structure, and presentation.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, QuarkXPress, Adobe Acrobat, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and WordPress. Competent in Adobe Photoshop. Windows and Mac OS X.
  • Familiar with AP and Chicago style guides as well as SEO principles.
  • Accustomed to overseeing the completion of complex writing, editing, and research projects. Able to coordinate with other writers, editors, and photographers.

Work Experience

Freelance Writer
May 2010 – Present
Writing, editing, and research services based in Nova Scotia and around the world over the Internet. Experience in online content development, search engine optimization, market research, commercial white papers, and interviews with experts in various fields.

Senior Researcher, Lost to the Sea Memorial Project
July 2011 – December 2011
Researched Yarmouth county residents who were lost to the sea. Employed a variety of primary and secondary sources, including newspapers, family genealogies, church records, grave markers, and community histories. Maintained an extensive database and conducted additional research to confirm names, dates, and details.

Research Assistant, University of Regina
Jan. 2010 – April 2011

Researched and summarized dozens of sociology articles pertaining to long-term residential health care, including

  • current trends in long-term care for physically-disabled young adults,
  • trust-building between staff and residents,
  • the psychology and structure of Goffmanian total institutions,
  • the phenomena of labeling, looping, and ward deviance,
  • staff work culture and policy subversion,
  • the practice and ethics of behaviour modification, and
  • ethical dilemmas in forthcoming biomedical implant technology.

Implemented a nationwide survey on long-term care policies and practices regarding resident intimacy and sexuality, and analyzed policy documents released by participating health authorities and facilities.

Features Editor, University of Regina Carillon
Oct. 2009 – April 2010

  • Developed, assigned, wrote, and edited feature-length articles, and laid out the features section, for 20 issues.
  • Took photographs and created and edited graphics.
  • Engaged in hundreds of interviews with academics, activists, business owners, politicians, scientists, and social workers.
  • Coordinated with other editors, writers, and photographers, and often contributed to news, arts, and commentary.
  • Under my tenure the Carillon became the first media outlet allowed access to Regina Anti-Gang Services, with a 3,000-word article and photographs.

Writing Assistant, SMU Writing Centre
Sept. 2007 – April 2008
Helped students improve writing skills through peer tutoring sessions. Researched and developed online help modules.

Technical Writer, SMU Information Technology Systems and Support
Sept. 2007 – March 2008
Enhanced ITSS web presence by conducting interviews, editing end-user manuals, and proofreading and producing content. Documented department workflow procedures for internal review.

Communications and Outreach Officer, SMU Political Science Department
Sept. 2007 – March 2008
Developed content for the department website and helped organize hotel, reception and catering venues for a regional academic conference.

Private Tutor
Nov. 2006 – May 2009
Worked with students of various ages to develop writing and organizational skills. Frequently proofread essay drafts. Worked with ESL and special-needs students on a broad variety of subjects, including business communications, English literature, history, mathematics, and political science. Developed a long-term curriculum for a group of international students and administered TOEIC Bridge tests to measure English competency.

Research Assistant, SMU English Department
Fall 2006
Compiled subject bibliographies by searching literary databases and indexes.

Honours and Awards

  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Master’s Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canada Graduate Scholarships Program (2009)
  • William J. Dalton Memorial Scholarship, SMU Political Science Department (2006 and 2007)
  • Academic Writing Award for Best Arts Upper-Level Paper, SMU (Fall 2007)
  • Nominee for the Larry Collins Prize, Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association (APPSA) (2007 and 2008)

Volunteer Experience

Archivist and Web Designer, Yarmouth County Museum and Archives
Jan. 2009 – Aug. 2009
Assisted with genealogical research and indexing. Developed and designed a new website, interviewed staff and volunteers, and took photographs.