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).


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'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."


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 7th 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.


Mabiana Camargo, Ph.D. program

In the first year of her program, Mabiana is from Brazil and has an M.A. degree in Language and Literature from Universidade Estadual do Centro-Oeste do Parana-UNICENTRO, in the south of Brazil. She's interestered in feminist Speculative Fiction, specifically, the works by the Canadian author Margaret Atwood, and she plans to investigate the conditions of sexuality and femininity in the dystopic worlds of some of Atwood's last novels. Her supervisor is Professor Dr. Wendy Roy. 

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.


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.


Kyle Dase, Ph.D. program

Kyle is a second-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 second-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.


Sarah Dorward, M.A. program

Sarah is in the first year of her M.A. (thesis), with her research focusing on colonialism and cultural theory surrounding Euro-Canadian culture in 19th century Canadian literature - namely, James De Mille's 1888 novel A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder. She also enjoys studying contemporary Canadian Science Fiction, as well as Canadian drama. Her supervisor is Kevin Flynn. 

Adam Epp, Ph.D. program

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


Federica Giannelli, Ph.D. program

Federica is a fourth-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.


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.


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 third 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

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.


Taidgh Lynch, MFA program

Taidgh is a poet from Ireland and over the years he has taught ESL in China and Poland. His poetry can be found in many places such as Boyne Berries, The Ofi Press and Bare Hands Poetry. When he's not behind a book he likes to listen to podcasts and paint. One of his favourite books is I am Legend by Richard Matheson.

Kayla McCutcheon, M.A. program

In the second 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 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.


Liz Miller, M.A. program

In her second year of her program, Liz's specialization is film studies and gender studies.

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 first 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

In the second 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 second-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.


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.


Mari-Lou Rowley, M.A. 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.


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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.


Victoria Schramm, M.A. program

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


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.

Tara Stadnyk, M.A. program

Tara is in her first year of the Master's program and specializes in women's erotica from 1954-present, feminism, and sexuality. She is supervised by Professor Marie Lovrod. 

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



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.

James Yeku, Ph.D. program

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