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

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 www.liddedcups.com to see some of his recent projects.

Nicole Atkings

M.A. program

Nicole's area of study is science fiction, with a focus on the representation of gender through language. 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."

Nicole is also a research assistant on the Cantebury Tales Project, headed by Dr. Peter Robinson, and a self-proclaimed "secret medievalist."

Email: nicole.atkings@usask.ca

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.

Email: jmb408@mail.usask.ca

Reid Braaten

M.A. program

Reid is a first-year Master’s with an interest in how Japanese animation (anime) uniquely reflects real life and interweaves messages and morals concerning contemporary Japanese society and humanity as a whole, with a particular focus on topics like mental health and depression. He completed his B.A. Honours at the University of Saskatchewan and is currently a Teaching Assistant for English 110.

Corianne Bracewell

M.A. program

Corianne is in the first year of her M.A. Project, after having completed her B.A. Honours in English at the University of Saskatchewan. Her interests include film adaptation of nineteenth century literature, and how these adaptations shift to reflect the cultures surrounding their production.

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 second 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. 

Tara Chambers

Ph.D. program

Tara is a U of S Teacher-Scholar Doctoral Fellow, and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow specializing in Renaissance literature. She is also the Editor In Chief of the University of Saskatchewan Undergraduate Research Journal. 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

Adar Charlton

Ph.D. program

Adar is a 7th 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.

Email: adar.charlton@usask.ca

Kyle Dase

Ph.D. program

Kyle is a Doctoral Candidate currently in the third year of his programme of study. He holds a BA and MA in English literature from the U of S, as well as an MSc in Digital Humanities from the KU Leuven, Belgium. His research interests include late medieval and early renaissance studies, textual editing, medieval and renaissance tropes and allusions in new media, and digital humanities. His dissertation explores the social nature of John Donne’s Verse Epistles and investigates the social network of Donne’s correspondence under the supervision of Professors Brent Nelson and Peter Robinson. His research is funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Fellowship.

Email: kyle.dase@usask.ca

Mark Doerksen

Ph.D. program

Mark is a third-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 eschatological texts and the functions of orality in Anglo-Saxon religious poetry. He is currently working on his dissertation under Saint Thomas More College's Dr. Michael Cichon on the typological relationship between Anglo-Saxon eschatological poetry and the Germanic oral tradition.

Contact: mdd228@mail.usask.ca

Sarah Dorward

M.A. program

Sarah is a second-year Master’s student specializing in 19th century Canadian literature. Her interests include bibliographical studies, with a current focus on the publication history of James De Mille’s A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder, environment/ecology, and Canadian settlement narratives. She is supervised by the brilliant David Parkinson. 

Shane Farris

Ph.D. program

Shane is a second-year Ph.D. student 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. He works as a research assistant on the Canterbury Tales Project under and is supervised by Dr. Peter Robinson.

Email: shane.farris@usask.ca

Lizette Gerber

M.A. program

Lizette is interested in diasporic writing and speculative fiction, particularly enjoying when they overlap. She often focuses on the depiction and treatment of human bodies within such literature. She is currently working with Professor Joanne Leow as a Research Assistant.

Adam Epp

Ph.D. program

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

Email: ate090@mail.usask.ca

Federica Giannelli

Ph.D. program

Federica is a 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.

Email: federica.giannelli@usask.ca

Carolyn Gray

MFA program

Carolyn Gray is a writer and theatre artist. She has published 3 plays: The Elmwood Visitation, North Main Gothic, The Miser of Middlegate (Scirocco Drama) and the non-fiction book Dean Gunnarson: The Making of an Escape Artist (Great Plains Publications). She'll have short fiction in GUSH: menstrual manifestos for our times (Frontenac Press), spring 2018. She's working on a new play about a Canadian cold case, and her thesis project will also be drama, about Elsa von Freytag Loringhoven.

Email: cmg588@mail.usask.ca

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

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.

Email: robert.imes@usask.ca

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.

Jonas Kiedrowski

M.A. program

Jonas is assessing the revolutionary potential of satire, with a focus on the works and political philosophy of Stephen Leacock.  Previously, he received an M.Ed for his research into how The Simpsons satirised neoliberal influences on public education.  He is supervised by Dr. Wendy Roy.

Email: jonas.kiedrowski@usask.ca

Andrej Kiš

Ph.D. progam

BA, MA, MA (Andrews University); Andrej is a first year student focusing on late Victorian and early 20th century British autobiography. His research interests include agrarian and regional studies, narrative discourse, and place identity. He has read papers on place, space, and speech acts in Chaucer’s “Manciple’s Tale.” Over the years he has studied in Austria, and taught ESL and psychology in Serbia. As time permits he enjoys studying etymology, and dialects of the British Isles.  He is supervised by Dr. Ella Ophir.

Taidgh Lynch

MFA program

Taidgh Lynch is a poet from Ireland in his 2nd year in the MFA in Writing programme. He has read his poetry at the River Volta and Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan. His poetry can be found in The Boyne Berries, The Ofi Press and Bare Hands Poetry and his short stories are published in the antilang. At the moment he can't get enough of poetry from Philip Levine and Sinead Morrissey. 

Kai McKenzie

M.A. program

I received a B.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of California at Berkeley, with a minor in German Literature, an M.A. and a Ph.D in Folklore from Indiana University, with a minor in American Literature, and an M.A. and Teaching Certificate in Waldorf Education from Rudolf Steiner College. A close friendship allowed me to learn about gender and family in Cameroon, West Africa, about relationships between women and food and farming, while living with a polygamous Islamic family. I discovered how American myths of revolution and frontier still dominate American life through my doctoral project on Mountaineering and the Nature of Myth in Boulder, Colorado. A wonderful opportunity with the Royal British Columbia Museum and their Living Landscapes project brought me to The Skeena River of northwest British Columbia, where I worked with people from a broad range of cultural backgrounds to understand the cultural and economic relationships between wild salmon and people in the region. For the past twelve years I have had my greatest learning experiences as a parent of two amazing children, who guided me into the rich tapestry of gender identity. I have finally been able to celebrate my own gender identity and support transgender children through a novel series about Ruby and Star and the Rainbow Scouts. Working at my kitchen table alone on my writing started to feel lonely, so I joined the English Department and community at The University of Saskatchewan to find friendship and colleagues, to enhance my teaching as a teaching assistant, to expand my understanding of English Literature, and to develop the field of Transgender Literature and Film. 

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.

Email: jessica.mcdonald@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

Tricia Monsour

Tricia Monsour

MFA program

Tricia is a first-year Master's 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 B.A. Honours at King's University College at the University of Western Ontario. 

Jaclyn Morken

MFA program

In the first year of her program, Jaclyn has a BA Honours in English from the University of Saskatchewan. Her primary writing focus is fiction, particularly fantasy and speculative fiction. 

Ian Moy

Ph.D program

In the second 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 questions of authorship, identity, and regionalism. He is supervised by Dr. Wendy Roy. 

Banjo Olaleye

Ph.D. program

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

Kayla Penteliuk

M.A. program

Kayla is in the first year of her M.A. Thesis. She received her B.A. (Hons) from the University of Saskatchewan. She is interested in the connections between Victorian and Modernist literature, and is currently researching Elizabeth Barrett Browning through the lens of Virginia Woolf’s Flush: A Biography. Her supervisor is Dr. Ella Ophir.

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.

Email: der656@mail.usask.ca

Jasmine Redford

M.A. program

Jasmine Redford is a full-time university student at the University of Saskatchewan, as well as a teaching assistant in the English department and a freelance illustrator.  She obtained her BFA, with a major in Visual Arts, from the Emily Carr University in Vancouver, British Columbia, and her BA English Honours at the University of Saskatchewan.  Future plans include graduate studies in English literature at the University of Saskatchewan, incorporation of her BFA into her Masters by researching Canadian graphic narratives/comic books, and chasing down the most elusive of all literary creations: the Canadian superhero.

MacKenzie Read

M.A. program

MacKenzie is pursuing a Master’s degree with a focus on film studies and American literature. She completed her undergraduate B.A. Honours in English and B.Ed at the University of Saskatchewan. She has also studied at the University of Newcastle in Australia. MacKenzie is a Graduate Teaching Fellow, teacher, and painter.

Email: mackenzie.read@usask.ca

Sam Rezazadeh

M.A. program

This is my first year as a new master's student at the Department of English. I have a B.A. in English language and literature from the Persian Gulf University in Iran, and I graduated from the master's in Teaching English program at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Saskatchewan in July 2017. My passion is teaching in academia and have been fortunate enough to serve as a lecturer at the Linguistics department, activity attendant at the language centre, and teaching/research assistant at the English department.

I am mostly interested in Digital Humanities and the role of new media in our lives. My intended thesis would be on the role of social media in international affairs. The new media has made it possible for the public opinion to engage in dialogues with the political figures through different channels of communication. My project will reveal how politicians negotiate their identities through social media networks when they are dealing with different aspects of international relations, such as nuclear energy, terrorism, or peace keeping. This project is important because it helps to understand a) the role of social media in the creation of public opinion around international affairs issues, and b) the role of social media in international negotiations.

Mari-Lou Rowley

Ph.D. program

As a poet, Mari-Lou’s interest in empathy, intentionality and social media is rooted in her interest in language—how it defines us as a species and constructs us as social and moral beings. The core question of her research is: How are the phenomena of intentionality, embodiment and empathy experienced in social media environments? The focus is on adolescents who are most engaged with these technologies and whose brains and social skills are still developing. Poetry as an arts-based method was used in data sharing and analysis via a secure text-messaging app. The iterative, interactive approach provided rich, layered data, and some surprising results. She is currently completing her dissertation. Mari-Lou received a SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship and a U of S Dean’s Scholarship. She has published nine collections of poetry, most recently Unus Mundus (Anvil Press 2013), which was nominated for three Saskatchewan book Awards.

Email: mari-lou.rowley@usask.ca

Websites: www.usask.academia.edu/Mari-LouRowley and www.marilourowley.com

Joel Salt

Ph.D. program

Joel is in the fourth year of his program, 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 is a 4th year Ph.D. student working under Professor Lindsey Banco's supervision, on classical and contemporary apocalyptic texts. Sheikh's first novel, The Still Point of the Turning World, was published by HarperCollins in India in 2017.

Megan Solberg

Ph.D. program

Megan is a second 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. 

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

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 second 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.