Department of English and Cultural Studies

This interdisciplinary department offers the opportunity to study literature and culture.

Message Regarding Fall 2020

The Department of English and Cultural Studies welcomes students who want to begin or continue their studies with us in September of 2020. Given the ongoing uncertainties of the times, we will have a full slate of online course offerings for you to register in so that you can be sure that your education will not be disrupted by any restrictions to face to face interaction. For those students who come and live on campus or want to commute to campus, we will do our best to have face to face classes in real classrooms, as circumstances permit. One way or another, you can be sure that you will receive highly qualified instruction in Cultural Studies, Digital Humanities, English, and also in our new courses in Composition and Rhetoric. Once the campus opens wide again and our classes move fully back into real classrooms, you will be able to meet and interact with your professors and move smoothly into your programs of study, based on the coursework that you’ve already completed under these strange conditions.

What we do

In our English program, students can study English literature, not only in its historical unfolding, but also in contemporary Canadian and global contexts. Our English programs include the BA Major and Minor, the BA Honours, and the MA. The Cultural Studies program combines its core courses with cross-listed courses from a variety of disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Students shape their degrees by choosing courses from three broad themes: Media and Popular Cultures, Global Cultural Studies, and Critical and Cultural Theory.

Our programs allow students to engage in research projects that range from literary studies, indigenous studies, cultural activism, community research, cultural heritage, digital production, and digitized cultural history. Our department will continue evolving, to meet the needs and interests of students and to conduct leading research in our disciplines. Watch for our growth in the Digital Humanities.

Programs & Study Options

Cultural Studies (BA)

Gain a unique grounding in questions of identity, power, diversity and justice from global perspectives.

Digital Humanities (BA)

Learn how to conceptualize, produce, and communicate humanities research with digital tools and media.

English Honours

English Honours (BA)

An intensive course of study for English Majors who have demonstrated exceptional creative, critical, and communicative abilities in their second-year coursework in English.

IGS – Digital Arts and Humanities

Masters and PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies using digital technologies to explore questions central to the arts and humanities; applying arts and humanities frameworks to digital tools and technologies.


English (BA)

Explore literature and how it imparts meaning in multiple contexts and eras, including the contemporary globalized world.

Medieval and Renaissance Studies (minor)

Interdisciplinary and intensive concentration on a single period stretching from the twilight of antiquity to the dawn of the Enlightenment.

Masters of Arts in English

Focus on literary and cultural analysis with expert scholars who proved individualized and inspiring mentorship that enables you to conduct dynamic research.


Masters and PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies, work closely with faculty across a diverse set of disciplines.



David Jefferess | Postcolonial Studies, Globalization, Anti-Oppression

Daniel Keyes | Film, Television, Critical Whiteness Studies

Ruthann Lee | Media and Social Activism, Anti-Colonial Feminisms, Queer Theory

Kyong won Yoon | New Media, Youth Culture, East Asian Cinema

Term Faculty

Maria Alexopoulos | Cultural Studies Practices; Modern Critical Theory


Emily Murphy | Digital Humanities, text encoding, digital editing


Anderson Araujo | Transnational Modernism, First World War Poetry, Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature

Jodey Castricano | 19th century studies (Gothic Studies, Psychoanalysis (Freud/Jung)) Critical Animal Studies, Ecofeminism, Critical Theory

Anita Chaudhuir | Writing studies, Rhetoric and Communications

Alison Conway | Literary and cultural history of the long eighteenth-century in Britain, narrative studies, and gender and sexuality theory

Robert Eggleston | Restoration and 18th-century theatre; ideological instability in the comedies and farces of Edward Ravenscroft; theories of comedy during the late 17th century; political satire and censorship of the stage during the 1720s and 1730s.

Greg Garrard | Ecocriticism, contemporary environmental writing, critical animal studies

Lisa Grekul | Canadian literatures, diaspora literatures and theory

George Grinnell | Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, Romanticism, punk culture

Jennifer Gustar |Contemporary British Literature, UK Transculturalism, Gender and Contemporary Literature, Literature of South Asia and the Diaspora

Lisa Grekul | Canadian literatures, diaspora literatures and theory

Allison Hargreaves | Indigenous Literature & Theory, Indigenous Feminisms, Settler Studies

Melissa Jacques | Literary Studies and Practices

David Jefferess | Postcolonial Studies, Globalization, Anti-Oppression

Daniel Keyes | Film, Television, Critical Whiteness Studies

Sean Lawrence | Shakespeare, canonical literature and twentieth-century French philosophy

Marie Loughlin | Sixteenth-century poetry and prose, early modern women’s writing, early modern drama

Oliver Lovesey | Victorian & 18th-Cen. Novel, Postcolonial Studies

Paul Milton | 20th-century American and Canadian fiction; literature and space; fictional treatments of suburban life; Canadian poets and literature; African-American literature.

Emily Murphy | Digital Humanities, text encoding, digital editing

Aisha Ravindran | First-year composition; advanced composition; public speaking and interpersonal communication; literature across cultures; English as an additional language; writing in the disciplines

Margaret Reeves | Early Modern Women’s Writing, Children’s Literary Cultures, Early Modern Childhood and Youth, Milton and Early Modern Political Theory, Satiric Fiction

Karis Shearer | Canadian poetry and fiction, critical pedagogy, gender theory, American poetry, cultural studies

Jordan Stouck | Composition studies, Canadian and Caribbean literature

Bryce Traister | American Literature, religious studies, American Cultural Studies, science fiction

Michael Treschow | Old and Middle English Literature

Term Faculty

Joanne Cockerline | Management communications, science and engineering communications, contemporary Canadian fiction

Shona Harrison | English Literature and Composition

Allison Jensen | First Year English

Shirley McDonald | Canadian literature and history, life writing, prairie settler narratives, ecocriticism, Scholarship on Teaching & Learning

Jenn Payson | English Composition

Daryl Ritchot | First year English

Saeed Sabzian | Studies in Composition for English Language Learners

Cathi Shaw | English Composition

Bridget Trainor | First year English

Jon Vickery | English Literature and Composition

Administrative Office

Michael Treschow
Department Head, English & Cultural Studies
Associate Professor, English
Tel: 250.807.9356
Office: CCS 345

Jodi Lord

Jodi Lord
Assistant to the Department Head
Tel: 250.807.9659
Office: CCS 323