Celeste is a sociocultural and medical anthropologist, whose research engages in close interdisciplinary conversation with critical disability studies, critical gerontology, and queer and trans studies.
Celeste’s research and collaborations are grounded in a commitment to examining and challenging normative age relations and ableist ideologies, and to advancing critical conversations and imaginings about aging, disability, gender and gender nonconformity, and “care”, broadly conceived. She completed a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Toronto (2022), where her doctoral research focused on the social relations and norms shaping the lives of LGBTQ older adults living in long-term care homes and community-based settings in Toronto, Canada. Over the last ten years she has also led and collaborated on a range of inter- and multi-disciplinary initiatives focused on issues of access and equity in the realms of health and aging, including work on palliative care, dementia and unpaid care, elder abuse prevention, and intergenerational storytelling.
Since 2020 Celeste has worked as a community-based researcher in the Research Department at Egale Canada, where her work focuses on 2SLGBTI aging, health, and housing issues. Her postdoctoral research, Stranger Than Family, is funded by the Alzheimer Society Research Program, and examines capacity, consent, and substitute-decision-making for people facing dementia who are “going it alone”.