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SETS Graduate Faculty Research and Areas of Specialization

If you are a current graduate student or a potential graduate student seeking an advisory or advisory committee member, please research our faculty specializations and reach out to faculty directly. Note: not all faculty are accepting graduate students.

Paul Barrett
Assistant Professor
Areas of Specialization: Canadian literature, critical race studies, digital humanities.

Susan Brown
Areas of specialization: digital humanities, Victorian writing and women’s writing, feminist theory.

Julie Cairnie

Areas of Specialization: Southern African literature (South African and Zimbabwean), land crisis and the crisis of childhood through Zimbabwean literature and other cultural texts, Canadian Indigenous-Settler relationships, postcolonial sport.

Gregor Campbell
Assistant Professor

Areas of Specialization: American Literature, Literary Theory, Media Studies, Harlem Renaissance, Postmodernism.

Elaine Chang
Associate Professor
Areas of Specialization: Cultural theory; Marxist-materialisms (Frankfurt School, Birmingham School, materialist feminisms); 20th and 21st-century anglophone prose fiction; Asian North American cultural studies; decolonial and postcolonial literature and thought; film and media cultures; screenwriting.

Michelle Elleray
Associate Professor

Areas of Specialization: Victorian literature, particularly in relation to literature of empire, the South Pacific, children's literature, missionary culture, and ecocriticism.

Jade Ferguson
Associate Professor

Areas of Specialization: 19th to mid-20th century Canadian literature, Civil Rights Movement literature and photography, New Southern Studies, Critical Race Theory.

On leave Winter 2022

Mark Fortier
Areas of Specialization: Shakespeare; Law and Literature; Theatre Theory.
Current Project(s): Shakespeare's Law

Sky Gilbert
Areas of Specialization: Experimental theatre, Shakespearean rhetoric, euphuism and ‘the queer feminine style', dramaturgy and playwriting, sexuality and the stage, theatrical cross-dressing, male femininity in playwrighting, avant-garde directing, confessional theatre, and realism/anti-realism.

Troy Hourie
Assistant Professor
Areas of Specialization: Scenography/performance design, installation art, mediated performance creation, augmented realities, puppetry, storytelling, art history, architecture and theatre design; current work revolves around the themes of wonder, immersion, spectatorship and intermediality.

Peter Kuling
Assistant Professor

Areas of Specialization: Canadian Theatre and Literature, Early Modern Theatre, Performance Studies, Queer Theory, Video Games / Professional Sports, Digital Media Production

Mark Lipton
Areas of Specialization: Digital knowledge production, Culture, Communication, Media, Technology, Education, Teaching, Learning, Pedagogy, English Education, Writing Across the Curriculum, Literacy, Media Literacy, Activism, Educational Technology, Digital Divides, Social Inclusion, Digital Storytelling, Research-Creation, Social Media, Digital Humanities, Social Justice, Confronting Sexism, Health, Wellness, Digital Policy Literacy, Privacy, Surveillance, Visual Communication, Bio-Hacking, Bio-Art, Perception, Performance, Identity, Queer Theory, LGBTQ+ Youth, Camp.

Kimberley McLeod
Assistant Professor
Areas of specialization: Digital performance; gaming; activist performance; satire; practice-based research; political performance and participatory media.

Martha Nandorfy
Professor and Interim Director
Areas of specialization: postcolonial; decolonization; environmental literature, climate crisis and feminist ecocricism; comparative epistemologies; creative nonfiction.

Daniel O'Quinn

Areas of Specialization: European relations with the Ottoman Empire, British-India, and on various trans-Atlantic topics are part of the ongoing re-evaluation of British imperial culture in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  His research focuses on theatre, performance and sociability; on the historical analysis of race, class, sexuality, and gender; and on genealogies of present norms regarding the body and social relations.

Pablo Ramirez
Associate Professor
Areas of Specialization: Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Law and Literature, Latinx Literature and Cultural Production, Memory Studies, Nineteenth-Century Literature of the Supernatural and the Occult, Creative Writing.

Paul Salmon
Assistant Professor
Areas of Specialization: Contemporary Cinema, Canadian Film, Reading the Contemporary World; Form, Genre and Literary Value, Documentary Film, Television and Film Study; Audio-visual collection development, film/video event programming.

Jennifer Schacker
Areas of specialization: folk narrative and history of folklore study; fairy tale and theatre; children's literature and culture; material culture, craft, costume.

Sandra Singer

Areas of specialization: Narrative, trauma studies, and terrorism in fiction and film, Critical Practices and 19th century to contemporary literatures.

J.R. (Tim) Struthers
Associate Professor

Areas of specialization: Form, technique, style in creative and critical prose, with emphasis on the short story, the story cycle, the novel cycle and the art of the essay; Southwestern Ontario literature and culture.

Judith Thompson
Areas of Specialization: Playwrighting, Devising, Acting, Theatre Creation.

Ann Wilson
Associate Professor
Issues relating to constructions of gender and masculinity in the context of the middle class in late Victorian and Edwardian England, formations of middle-class heterosexual masculinity and the demise for this mode of masculinity in the latter part of the 19th-century; theatrical expression of gender and sexuality in plays written the late 19th and early 20th-centuries, contemporary Canadian and British women playrights.

Creative Writing Faculty and areas of specializations can be found in the Faculty section of Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.