English Faculty

  • MA Program Will Pause Intake for 2024-2025 Academic Year

    Due to budgetary constraints and funding changes, the English department has decided not to accept MA applications for the 2024-2025 academic year. Over this time, we will be reconceptualizing the MA program to adapt appropriately to the new funding models and we expect to resume accepting students for the 2025-2026 year.

    The department is sorry for any difficulties that this decision may cause prospective applicants.


    Categories: English Faculty, English Graduate Students

  • Professor Knight Awarded MLA-EBSCO Literacy Prize

    Professor Leah Knight, together with Head Archivist David Sharron, received the 2023 MLA-EBSCO Collaboration for Information Literacy Prize for the course design of MARS/ENGL 4P01: Sources and Methods in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. 

    From the MLA website: “Thanks to a generous grant from EBSCO, the Modern Language Association confers up to two annual awards of $500 each for coursework developed in collaboration between department faculty members and academic librarians in literature, language, or related disciplines. The award recognizes successful integration of the disciplinary objectives of the course with learning objectives in information literacy, as defined in the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

    Congratulations, Leah and David!

    Professor Leah Knight (pointing)

    David Sharron (r), Head of Archives and Special Collections in the Brock Library, shows students rare documents.


    Categories: Awards, English Faculty

  • Fall Preview Day

    Many thanks to all who helped out with Fall Preview Day 2023! A special shoutout goes to the student volunteers, Francesca Mangiapane, Amanda Andrews, and Grace Paiva, for helping to promote our Department.

    Student volunteers (L-R): Francesca Mangiapane, Amanda Andrews, and Grace Paiva

    Categories: English Faculty, English Undergraduate Students

  • MA in English Online Info Session on Friday, Nov 3

    Calling all 4th year English Students!

    You are invited to attend an online information session for the Master’s in English at Brock on Friday, November 3, 2023, 10 AM.

    RSVP at the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs website or with the QR code provided here.

    Hope to see you there!

    Categories: English Faculty, English Graduate Students

  • Fall 2023 Convocation

    Friday the 13th was an auspicious day for all the right reasons. Congratulations to all of our ’23 Brock MA English graduates and faculty on all of your hard work!

    Photo credits: Brock University

    Categories: English Faculty, English Graduate Students, English Undergraduate Students

  • Canadian Studies Network Awards Best Edited Collection Prize to Harriet’s Legacies

    Congratulations to Ronald Cummings and Natalee Caple! Their book, Harriet’s Legacies: Race, Historical Memory, and Futures in Canada, was selected by the Canadian Studies Network for the 2023 Best Edited Collection Prize.

    From the CSN news announcement:

    “Edited by Ronald Cummings and Natalee Caple, Harriet’s Legacies uses the brief but important residence of Harriet Tubman in southern Ontario (Canada West, to be precise) as a starting point to explore new meanings of the origins, experiences, and trajectory of the Black diaspora in Canada. The book sheds new light on the profound transnational significance of the American cultural figure and activist by moving existing discourses beyond national boundaries in ways that invite us to think more fully about the diasporic dynamics that inform African Canadian life. Adopting a resolutely multidisciplinary approach and gathering the work of various artists and scholars in Black Studies, the 21-chapter volume does not simply look back but sees the impact of Harriet Tubman “as ongoing, collective practices of antiracism and freedom seeking.” In doing so, Harriet’s Legacies provides a renewed vigour for both African Canadian Studies and the pursuit of social justice in our times.”

    Categories: Awards, English Faculty

  • Fall 2023 OGS and SSHRC Workshop

    Are you a 4th-year Humanities student who is interested in applying of a Master’s program or an MA student interested in applying to a PhD program?

    The Department of English Language and Literature is holding a workshop on grant applications for Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funding agencies.

    Learn the steps involved in writing and submitting effective applications that will increase your chances of obtaining external funding for graduate studies in the Humanities.

    Join Professor Mathew Martin from the Department of English Language and Literature and Research Awards & Scholarships Specialists Tessa Mazachowsky and Emily Huneault from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs for this important writing workshop.


    When: 5 October, 2023, 3-4pm
    Where: Glenridge A Room 201

    Questions? Contact mmartin@brocku.ca.

    Categories: English Faculty, English Graduate Students, English Undergraduate Students, Info Session, Presentations

  • Professor Lissa Paul joins the Royal Society of Canada

    Congratulations to Professor Lissa Paul! She was named a Royal Fellow in the Academy of Arts and Humanities on September 5, 2023. The official announcement was made in Tuesday edition of the Globe and Mail.

    Please read the full citation here.

    Categories: Awards, English Faculty

  • Welcome to the Department, Professor Lissa Paul!

    It’s official – Professor Lissa Paul is now a faculty member of the Department of English Language & Literature! She is also the director of the PhD Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities.

    Looking forward to seeing you in the department, Lissa!

    Categories: English Faculty

  • Welcome, Professor Erin Akerman!

    Dr. Erin Akerman joined the Department of English Language and Literature on June 1, 2023. Photo credit: Erin Akerman

    Introducing our newest faculty member, Assistant Professor Erin Akerman! She recently completed her PhD at Western University in Indigenous literary studies with a focus on nineteenth-century Indigenous literatures. Professor Akerman is a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario from the Georgian Bay Métis Community. This year, she will teach ENGL 1P91: Decolonizing Literature, ENGL 2P64: Early Canadian Literature, and a new course ENGL 4V77: Early Indigenous Women’s Writing.

    Welcome to Brock, Professor Akerman!

    Categories: English Faculty