Graduate Students

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).

Email:  eda649@mail.usask.ca

Amanda Burrows

Ph.D. program

Amanda is interested in medieval literature with a focus on Middle English romances. She received her B.A. from the University of Toronto and her M.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Mabiana Camargo

Ph.D. program

Mabiana is a third-year Ph.D. student from Brazil. She is interested in feminist Speculative Fiction, specifically, the works by the Canadian author Margaret Atwood. In her research, she plans to investigate the conditions of sexuality and femininity in the dystopic / post-apocalyptic worlds of some of Atwood's last novels. She works as a research assistant for Professor Dr. Wendy Roy who is also her supervisor.

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Tara Chambers

Ph.D. program

Tara is a U of S Teacher-Scholar Doctoral Fellow, and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow specializing in Renaissance literature. Currently she is a Sessional Instructor at Thompson Rivers University, her undergraduate Alma Mater, in Kamloops British Columbia. 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.

Email: tara.chambers@usask.ca

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Alyson Cook

MA Program

Alyson is a first-year Master’s (Project) student who holds a BA (Hons.) in English from the University of Saskatchewan and hopes to pursue her PhD in the future. Her research interests include 20th century British and Irish Literature written by women in war time and interwar period, with a special focus on works by Agatha Christie, Jean Rhys, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Virginia Woolf. Supervised under Dr. Ann Martin, Alyson’s current research is exploring the ways in which modernity and materiality intersect in the novels and the short writings of Virginia Woolf. 

Miguel Dela Pena

MA Program

Miguel is a first-year M.A. project student who received their B.A. (Honours) in English from the University of Saskatchewan. Currently, they are interested in continuing their study of the Country House poems and expanding their comparison of Aemilia Lanyer’s “The Description of Cooke-ham” to Ben Jonson’s “To Penshurst” (presented for the English Honours Colloquium 2021) to the rest of the genre to explore its gendered use of myths, spaces, and images.

They are also a research assistant on the Digital Ark project led by Dr. Brent Nelson and a writing tutor with the USask Library.

Contact: mid997@mail.usask.ca

Mark Doerksen

Ph.D. program

Mark is a Teacher-Scholar Doctoral Fellow, Sessional Lecturer, and Ph.D. candidate 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 eschatological texts and the theological implications of philology in Anglo-Saxon religious poetry. He is currently working on his dissertation under Saint Thomas More College's Dr. Michael Cichon on the philological relationship between Anglo-Saxon eschatological poetry and the Germanic oral tradition.

Contact: mdd228@mail.usask.ca

Shane Farris

Ph.D. program

 

Shane is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate who studies medieval literature and medievalisms past and present. His current research focuses on blending narratology with the digital humanities to study the narratives of the Middle Ages, specifically Middle English outlaw tales. His other research interests include literary theory, codicology and paleography, translation, and semiotics. His dissertation is currently supervised by Dr. Peter Robinson.

Email: shane.farris@usask.ca

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Dara Gerbrandt

MA program

Dara focuses on drama and literature from the early modern period. She tends to keep to a historical approach having had a double minor in CMRS and History. She received her BA here at the U of S.

Stephen Hardy

Ph.D. program

Stephan studies relationships between literature and music, and focuses on modern fiction. In 2017 he presented a talk on American author Richard Powers at the International Word and Music Studies conference in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2018 he will teach ENG 114.3 Reading Culture: Literature and Music. He is in his 5th year of the PhD program. His supervisors are Drs. Lindsey Banco and Ray Stephanson.

Email: stephen.hardy@usask.ca

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Nicole Jacobson

Ph.D. progam

Nicole is a first-year PhD student. She completed her BA in English and German (double major) at the University of Regina and her MA in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies at Carleton University. She is interested in middlebrow modernism, especially detective and romantic suspense fiction, and the linguistic and rhetorical construction of genre fiction more broadly. 

Nicole is also a research facilitator with the Department of Academic Family Medicine. She supports the development, revision, and administration of its research curriculum, assists residents in developing their clinical research skills, and contributes to the Department's qualitative and patient-oriented research efforts.

Vijay Kachru

Ph.D. program

In the first year of her program, Vijay’s area of focus is violence against women during the Partition of India. She has an MFA in Writing from the University of Saskatchewan.

Andrej Kiš

Ph.D. progam

Andrej studied for his undergraduate degree in English at Andrews University where he also obtained MA degrees in Education and English. 

After teaching abroad and working in educational administration, Andrej started his PhD at the University of Saskatchewan in 2018.  His doctoral thesis analyzes selected works by Flora Thompson and James Wight to determine how their portrayals of the pastoral landscapes they inhabit reveal their senses of rootedness in the land.  He is supervised by Dr. Ella Ophir. 

E-mail: rik221@mail.usask.ca

Jade McDougall

Ph.D. program

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

Email: jade.mcdougall@usask.ca

Kai Orca McKenzie

Ph.D Program 

B.A., University of California
M.A University of Saskatchewan 

Kai (they/them/theirs) is a Dean's Scholar supervised by Dr. Ann Martin and Dr. Marie Lovrod, whose dissertation research looks at how Canadian Two-Spirit and transgender writers like Kai Cheng Thom, Vivek Shraya, and Joshua Whitehead employ images of hunger in connection with myth, based on the theory of disidentification developed by José Esteban Muñoz, to reclaim and transform core myth traditions from within. They also maintain a website to share lesson plans, curriculum ideas and readings in Two-Spirit and transgender literature with students, teachers, parents and children: Earth Tide on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/EarthTide. 

Kai.Orca@usask.ca

Tricia Monsour

Tricia Monsour

PhD program 

Tricia is a second-year Ph.D. student with an interest in British Gothic literature from the nineteenth century. She is particularly interested in how women writers used this genre to develop agency. She completed her M.A. at the University of Saskatchewan and her B.A. Honours at King's University College at the University of Western Ontario. She is supervised by Dr. Lisa Vargo. 

Ian Moy

Ph.D program

In the third year of his program, Ian is from Ontario, where he earned his B.A. from Trent University and his B.Ed. and M.A. from Queen's University. His focus is Canadian literature, specifically representations of family and culture. He is supervised by Dr. Wendy Roy.

Banjo Olaleye

Ph.D. program

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

Email: banjo.olaleye@usask.ca

Jasmine Redford

Ph.D. Program

Jasmine is a Ph.D. student and teacher's assistant at the University of Saskatchewan whose research interests include Canadian literature, comics and visual culture scholarship, and the intersection of the two: Canadian comics scholarship.  Under the supervision of Dr. Wendy Roy, she defended her thesis entitled "Chasing Captain Canada: National Identity Challenged Through Superheroes in Canadian Comic Books."  She has obtained her B.F.A. with a major in visual art from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and her B.A. (English Honours) and M.A. from USask.  In addition, Jasmine, who signs her work as Minjaz, is an illustrator and has recently finished over one hundred and twenty-nine pages of hand-painted artwork for the graphic novel Siegfried: Dragon Slayer (2022)--a four-year project that was undertaken alongside her academic work at USask.

Email: jasmine.redford@usask.ca

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Gwen Rose

MA Program

Gwen Rose is a first-year Master’s Project student and a teaching assistant currently working with Dr. David Parkinson. Their research interests include modernism, French existentialism, and North American Indigenous Literatures. Their Master’s project research focuses specifically on the intersection of Virginia Woolf and vital materialism.

Joel Salt

Ph.D. program

Joel is ABD, specializing in 17th-century Literature. He is supervised by Dr. Brent Nelson. His dissertation will examine liminality in the prose and poetry of John Donne.

Email: joel.salt@usask.ca

Sheheryar B. Sheikh

Ph.D. program

Sheheryar’s work, under supervision of Dr. Lindsey Banco, examines the presence of Quranic revelatory apocalypticism in post-9/11 American novels. Sheheryar’s previous degrees include an MFA in Creative Writing from Notre Dame, where he won a Nicholas Sparks Scholarship and Steve Tomasula’s La Vie de Bohème Award. His first novel, The Still Point of the Turning World (HarperCollins India, 2017) was longlisted for the Getz Pharma Prize, and his second novel, Call Me Al: The Hero’s Ha-Ha Journey (HarperCollins India, 2019) has just recently been published to acclaim.

Megan Solberg

Ph.D. program

Megan is a third year PhD student who holds a B.A. (Honours) in English from the University of Saskatchewan and an M.A. in Literature from the University of Westminster (U.K.). Supervised by Dr. Ann Martin, her research examines the intersection of creative practice, marginalization, and suffering in the works of Katherine Mansfield, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Jean Rhys. 

Email: megan.solberg@usask.ca

Tristan B. Taylor

Ph.D. program

B.A. English (Calgary), M.A. Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Kent) 

Tristan examines evidence of generic convention and rhetoric in late-medieval hagiographic texts. His current work is on the Life of Thomas Becket as it appears in the South English Legendary. His areas of interest are: codicology, medieval reading practices, saints’ literature, devotional and mystical literature, and digital humanities. He is a Research Assistant for Dr. Yin Liu’s Medieval Codes project. 

Supervisor: Dr. Yin Liu 

Website: tristanbtaylor.ca

Email: tristan.taylor@usask.ca

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Heather Torvi

MA program

Heather is a first-year Master’s thesis student who is working in 18 th Century literature. Currently she is a Research Assistant for the Grub Street Project under her supervisor Dr. Allison Muri. When she is not working she enjoys spending time working on her memory books.

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Gideon Umezurike

Born in Ekenobizi Community in Umuahia South of Nigeria, Gideon has a BA (2015) in English and Literary Studies, and MA (2019) in Comparative Studies in Literature, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN).  He is joining the Department of English of the U of S in May 2021 as a Deans doctoral scholar, having been awarded a Deans Scholarship earlier in 2020. Always with a comparatist mindset, his research interest is in postcolonial childhood studies, world literatures, migration and transcultural studies. He has a particular fondness for existentialist literary criticism, existential psychotherapy, health humanities (health and literature), the postcolonial child, phenomenology of the environment, and the works of Martin Heidegger. Supervised by Dr Cynthia Wallace, his proposed doctoral research is on the representation of the child in postcolonial literature, a project he approaches from the interdisciplinary positions of postcolonial discourse, disability studies, and existential phenomenological psychotherapy.

Prior to joining USask, Gideon was a volunteer Graduate Tutor at the English Department of the University of Nigeria where, in 2019, he taught fiction to final year students. Between 2017 and 2018, and shortly again in 2020, he taught Cambridge A-Level Literature at Doyen Academy, a school of preliminary studies located in Enugu. He has also worked in Sultan Abdur-rahman School of Health Technology, in Sokoto state of Nigeria (2016-17), where he taught The Use of English, Communication Skills, and Grammar and Composition.

A writer of diverse interests, Gideon has a number of creative works to his name. His first play, Living in the Den, was published in vol. 42 of The Muse: A Journal of Creative and Critical Writing at Nsukka. The play won the 1st Prize for Drama in the Literary Arts Festival held at University of Nigeria for the launch of The Muse in 2014. In 2015, Gideon edited the drama section of The Muse (vol. 43), in which an abridge version of his play Fallen Rainbow is published. His play, Victims of Duty, is set against a background of the 2017 meningitis outbreak in Northern Nigeria and was in the 16-longlist selected from over 150 submissions for the 2019 African Indie Writers Review (AFIRE) Prize for Literature. Other creative works of his include two novels Angasm and Family, both of which are yet unpublished.

Gideon’s fluidity also extends to the area of literary criticism. His undergraduate research work, “The Quest for Authenticity in Adichie’s Americanah and Unigwe’s On Black Sisters’ Street,” which was supervised by now retired Professor Damian Ugwutikiri Opata, was the 2015 Best in Undergraduate Research Writing at the Department of English, UNN. He has since then produced other research works, which include titles such as: “Tragic Optimism in Half of a Yellow Sun and Beyond the Horizon,”From Un-concealment to Nothingness: Nihilism in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and Zainabu Jallo’s Onions Make Us Cry,”Kindred Phenomena from the Region of the Uncanny in Wole Soyinka’s The Strong Breed,” “Redemptive Fantasy, Restoration and the Exigencies of Kleos and Nostos in F. U. Okoro’s Cracking the Shell,”Historicity and Negrophilic Reminiscence in Tade Ipadeola’s The Sahara Testaments,” “Dwelling, Transculturality and Tendai Huchu’s the Magistrate,” “Transculturality and the Borders Erected Against Foreignness in Levy’s Fruit of the Lemon,” “Archetype and the Mutation of Matter: Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart and the Cinderellas of Nigerian and Western Folk Imaginaries,” “Homecoming and Spatio-Temporal Attunement in Noo Saro-Wiwa’s Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria.” A longer list of Gideon’s multiple research papers could be viewed on his ResearchGate page.

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.

Rodrigo Pablo Yanez

Ph.D. program

Rodrigo’s research interests include Restoration/Eighteenth Century Literature, Spatial Theory and Literary Cartography/Geography, Digital Humanities, and Game Studies. He has published papers on Ivanhoe and its remediations, and on the function of diegetic music in the video game Bioshock. Rodrigo’s PhD dissertation uses digital mapping to examine how a self is constructed in relation to space in James Boswell’s London Journal 1762-63.