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Graduate Students in the Department of English

Elyn Achtymichuk-Hardy, Ph.D. program

Elyn is interested in culture and gender in both literature and film. Her current research is on the legacy of Cold War anxiety on the James Bond franchise, with respect to the way the "Bond formula" has evolved—or not—in terms of fear, sexuality, and racial representations. Her theoretical apparatus makes use of affect in relation to a kind of catharsis of anxiety which is achieved through the expression and production of societal fears. She has also delivered papers on the economics of Lord of the Rings and gender in Harry Potter. If she had spare time, she might coach high school debaters, collect vinyl records, or perhaps watch Lethal Weapon repeatedly (read: obsessively).


Robin Adair, Ph.D. program

In his dissertation, Robin uses Maurice Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology as a lens to examine Virginia Woolf's experimental prose writing, particularly in the context of her involvement with the lives and artistic practices of the Bloomsbury group.

Robin is a practicing visual artist and art educator. Visit to see some of his recent projects.

Ademolawa Michael Adedipe, M.A. program

From Lagos, Nigeria, Ademolawa received his Bachelor of Arts degree in French from the prestigious University of Ibadan in 2010 and an M.A. in English from Jackson State University in 2015 with a distinction. He is an Africanist interested in postcolonial literature and African literature, specifically the condition and evolution of the black woman during the postcolonial era, and the emergence of the new woman in Nigeria. His present research is focused on the creation of a socio-ethnic space in Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun and Morrison’s God Help the Child.


Nicole Atkings, M.A. program

Nicole specializes in Speculative fiction. She’s currently working on a thesis, supervised by Dr. Ann Martin, entitled "The Fantastic Nature of 'Sex: Exploring the Implications of Gendered AI Computer Systems in Science Fiction."


Jillian Baker, Ph.D. program

Jillian is a Graduate Teaching Fellow and a Research Fellow with the Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity (ICCC). Her research revolves around ethical editorial practices as they pertain to autobiographical works, with a particular focus on the writing of Indigenous authors. Her doctoral research, under the supervision of Dr. Nancy Van Styvendale aims at creating an online publication environment for the dissemination of voices from marginalized communities.


Shakti Brazier-Tompkins, Ph.D. program

Shakti is an ABD candidate in the 6th year of her program. Her co-supervisors are Dr. Kevin Flynn and Dr. Lindsey Banco; she specializes in the study of animals in Canadian literature.


Tara Chambers, Ph.D. program

Tara is Editor in Chief, University of Saskatchewan Undergraduate Research Journal. She is a U of S Teacher-Scholar Doctoral Fellow and a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow specializing in Renaissance literature. Tara received her M.A. from the University of Saskatchewan for her work on the "Februarie Eclogue" of Edmund Spenser's The Shepheardes Calender. Tara’s doctoral research, under the supervision of Ron W. Cooley, Professor Emeritus, focuses on John Milton’s republican poetics and the politics of Paradise Lost.


Adar Charlton, Ph.D. program

Adar is a 6th year doctoral candidate and is currently preparing a dissertation in Indigenous Literature entitled Place-Based Identity in Northwestern Ontario Anishinaabe Literature under the supervision of Professor Kristina Bidwell.


Kyle Dase, Ph.D. program

Kyle is a first-year Ph.D. student with a background in the literature of medieval and renaissance England. His research interests include digital applications to textual scholarship, the works of John Donne, and the presence of medieval and renaissance tropes and themes in new media.

Supervisors: Dr. Brent Nelson and Dr. Peter Robinson


Mark Doerksen, Ph.D. program

Mark is a first-year Ph.D. student in the department, having received his M.A. in Medieval Studies from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. His area of study includes Anglo-Saxon religious texts and the uses of Germanic myth in Anglo-Saxon poetry. He is currently working on his dissertation under Saint Thomas More College's Dr. Michael Cichon on the typological relationship between Anglo-Saxon religious poetry and the Germanic oral tradition.


Adam Epp, Ph.D. program

Adam is a second-year Ph.D. student, specializing in Victorian Literature. He is supervised by Dr. Douglas Thorpe.


Federica Giannelli, Ph.D. program

Federica is a third-year doctoral candidate from Italy. She has received a M.A. from the University of Saskatchewan for her work on vampires in contemporary forms of popular culture, and a M.A. in foreign languages from an Italian university. Co-supervised by Dr. Allison Muri and Dr. Lindsey Banco, Federica's doctoral project focuses on the Star Wars franchise. By combining cultural studies and game studies, the purpose of her work is to better understand how culture and cultural production are changing through the advent of new media such as videogames.


Robert Imes, Ph.D. program

B.A., M.A. (Alberta)

Supervised by Dr. Brent Nelson, Robert specializes in early modern literature and culture, travel literature, postcolonial studies, and digital humanities.


Jonas Kiedrowski, M.A. program

In his second year in the program, Jonas' area of study is Satire, Ideology, and Stephen Leacock. He is supervised by Dr. Kevin Flynn.


Stephen Hardy, Ph.D. program

In the 4th year of his program, Stephen's area of study is Music and the Novel. He is co-supervised by Professor Emeritus Ray Stephanson and Dr. Lindsey Banko


Kayla McCutcheon, M.A. program

In the first year of the M.A. program, Kayla's area of study is Russian/Soviet Nonfiction and Gender Studies. She is supervised by Dr. Ludmilla Voitkovska.


Jessica McDonald, Ph.D. program

Jessica specializes in Canadian literature, literary cartography, and postcolonial studies. Her dissertation, supervised by Dr. Lindsey Michael Banco, examines the spatial politics of Douglas Coupland's writing.


Jade McDougall, Ph.D. program

In the fourth year of her program, Jade's area of study is Indigenous Literatures. She is supervised by Dr. Nancy Van Styvendale and Dr. Allison Muri.


Liz Miller, M.A. program

In her first year in the M.A. program, Liz's specialization is film studies and gender studies.

Banjo Olaleye, Ph.D. program

In his first year in the program, Banjo's area of study is Ignatius Sancho and 18th-century literature. He is supervised by Dr. Allison Muri.


Kenechukwu Onwudinjo, Ph.D. program

A first-year Ph.D. student, Kenechukwu's dissertation will involve an ecocritical analysis of selected poems of Tanure Ojaide. Her supervisor is Dr. Cynthia Wallace, St. Thomas More College.



Carina Puls, M.A. program

Carina is pursuing a Master's degree under the supervision of Dr. Douglas Thorpe. She completed her undergraduate B.A. in English at the University of Saskatchewan with a minor in Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies. Her thesis focuses on contemporary fantasy literature and popular culture, examining the historical and cultural significance of the elves and their racial representations in Dungeons and Dragons and R.A. Salvatore’s The Legend of Drizzt series. She is interested in how popular culture conforms to and subverts racial representations and the cultural implications of these interpretations. She is also interested in animal studies, critical race theory, adaptation studies, gender and feminist theory, children’s literature, and the Victorian era, especially in how the ideas of the time are reflected in their literature and the enduring influence this period has on contemporary society. 

Douglas Rasmussen, M.A. program

Douglas' specialization is Film and Television Studies with a focus on political discourse in contemporary media. He is currently writing an analysis of the socio-political framework of the drug war as depicted in the AMC cable program Breaking Bad. He is supervised by Dr. Lindsey Banco.


Joel Salt, Ph.D. program

Joel is in the third year of his program, specializing in 17th-century Literature. He is supervised by Dr. Brent Nelson.


Victoria Schramm, M.A. program

Victoria is in the first year of her program and is focusing on Canadian literature. Her supervisor is Professor Francis Zichy.


Sheheryar B. Sheikh, Ph.D. program

Sheheryar is researching the intersection points of apocalyptic narratives and Discourse Theory; his work engages with Jacques Derrida and Theodore Adorno's theories about apocalyptic events. Before moving to Saskatoon, Sheheryar was Teaching Fellow at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, where he developed and taught courses in advanced rhetoric and creative writing. He has a MFA in prose writing from the University of Notre Dame, and a BA in English Literature & Language from Franklin & Marshall College. His Ph.D. Supervisor at the University of Saskatchewan is Professor Lindsey Banco.

Tristan B. Taylor, Ph.D. program

Tristan is a 2nd year Ph.D. student with an interest in 12th century hagiography and 13th and 14th century religious writings. His dissertation addresses conventions of genre in the Lives of Thomas Becket. He currently works as a Research Assistant for Dr. Yin Liu on Medieval Codes.

Adam A. Vazquez, Ph.D. program

Before Adam's Canadian adventure, he received his undergraduate and M.A. degrees at the UNAM in Mexico. He is interested in medieval literature and Digital Humanities.

Rhonda West, M.A. program

Rhonda is in the first year of her program, and interested in exploring representations of multiculturalism in Canada as it is represented through texts of Indigenous Peoples and colonizing settler societies.

Rodrigo Pablo Yanez, Ph.D. program

Rodrigo's research interests are in Eighteenth-Century Literature, Geocritical and Spatial Theory, Book History, Digital Humanities, and Game Studies. He has published a paper on Ivanhoe and its remediations, and is working to publish his M.A. project—a study of diegetic music in the video game Bioshock. Rodrigo's PhD dissertation uses digital mapping in James Boswell's London Journal 1762-63, to examine how a self is constructed in relation to space and place.

James Yeku, Ph.D. program

James is in the fourth year of his program, focussing on cultural studies, new media, postcolonial literature, and African literature. He is supervised by Dr. Allison Muri.




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