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Primary Discipline

Primary Discipline: 

  • Old HierarchyLanguage and Literature


I have a diverse background. Prior to beginning graduate studies in 2002 I held a number of positions in various sectors: as the head of a children's department in a public library, as a communications and fundraising officer in an international development NGO, and as a piano teacher.

I am the mother of 3 grown children -- I juggled working outside the home with co-parenting.

I have been diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, high risk pregnancies, breast cancer, and colitis. Thus, as is often the case, biography and professional work overlap.

Current research areas: 

Please see above.
Please refer to my CV.

Recent scholarly activity: 

- co-authoring monograph on cancer and Marvel superheroes
- co-editing special journal for Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies. 
- conference papers for the Annual Conference of the Canadian Disability Studies Association and the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics (both 2018)

Recent publications: 

  • With Tamar Rubin. “Enhancing Learning Cultures Through Inter-Disciplinarity: A Reading Group Pilot Project for Medicine and English Studies.” Keeping Reflection Fresh. Literature and Medicine Series. Eds. Allan Peterkin and Pamela Brett-MacLean. Kent State UP, 2016.
  • Book Review on Hatim Kanaaneh’s Chief Complaint: A Country Doctor’s Tales of Life in Galilee for the University of Durham’s Centre for Medical Humanities website. 2015.
  • “Beauty Ideals, 20th-21st Centuries.” The Cultural Encyclopedia of the Breast. Ed. Merril Smith. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
  • “Reconstructive Surgery.” The Cultural Encyclopedia of the Breast. Ed. Merril Smith. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.


Other activities: 

Please refer to my CV.

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