Faculty Available for Supervision

Lynn Arner
Associate Professor (English Language & Literature)
Email: larner@brocku.ca
Research Interests: feminists theory, class, acadame, Women’s and gender Studies, late medieval english literature and social history
Available for supervision

Lynn Arner, Associate Professor of English, is writing a book on the professoriat in the discipline of English in Canada and the US. This SSHRC-funded study interweaves her theoretical training, especially in feminist theory, with original data that she has produced. Lynn has published various articles on academe, including essays on working-class women in the professoriat and on hiring patterns in the discipline. Her first book was entitled Chaucer, Gower, and the Vernacular Rising: Poetry and the Problem of the Populace after 1381. Lynn has also published several articles on late medieval English literature and has guest-edited a special issue of Exemplaria. Lynn would be pleased to supervise projects in the following areas: feminist theory; women’s and gender studies; class; critical university studies; and late medieval English literature and social history.

Gregory Betts
Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence; Professor (English Language & Literature)
Email: gbetts@brocku.ca
Research Interests: Canadian Experimental and Avant-Garde Literature.
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Irene Maria F. Blayer
Professor (Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures)
Email: iblayer@brocku.ca
Research Interests: Comparative Romance linguistics; philology; dialectology; text linguistics; diaspora studies; storytelling; oral history.
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Alex Christie
Assistant Professor (Centre for Digital Humanities)
Email: achristie@brocku.ca
Research Interests: Spatial humanities; modernist studies; book history; mixed reality (AR/VR); digital prototyping; digital pedagogy
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Christine Daigle
Email: cdaigle@brocku.ca
Christine Daigle is Professor of Philosophy, Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence, and Director of the Posthumanism Research Institute (https://brocku.ca/pri/). Her research has focused on Existentialism and Phenomenology, specifically the works of Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir. Her current research focuses on feminist theory and posthumanist thinking. Specifically, she is working on an ontological reconceptualization of the human being that understands our entanglement in being and with all other beings in a novel way, focusing on vulnerability and its ethical potential. This research project, grounded in posthumanist material feminism, has some ramifications in terms of environmental thinking and our collective and individual responsibility toward our individual, collective, and entangled selves. Her research in environmental posthumanities examines the Anthropocene and a reframed notion of sustainability. She is also interested in Extinction studies and narratives. She is a member of the UNESCO Chair research team and a member of ESRC/SSAS. Her research is funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the New Frontiers in Research Fund – Exploration (NFRF-E) program.
She is available for supervision in any of the areas related to her work as described above.

Stefan Dolgert
Associate Professor (Political Science)
Email: sdolgert@brocku.ca
Research Interests: Political Theory, including: Ancient Political Philosophy, Continental Political Thought, Critical Animal Studies, Democratic Theory, Environmental Ethics, Literature and Philosophy, New Materialism, Posthumanism.
Available for supervision

David Fancy
Professor and Chair of Theatre Praxis (Dramatic Arts)
Email: dfancy@brocku.ca
Research Interests: Performance; Performativity; Immanentist thought; Deleuze and Guattari; Theatre Creation.
Available for supervision

Dr. Fancy His research interests and current publishing deals with questions of ontology, immanence and performance, with a specific interest in immanence and performativity, immanence and performance training, and immanence and technology. Fancy has an extensive creative practice as a playwright and director. He has been awarded a Brock Chancellor’s Chair for Excellence in Teaching, (2005-08, with Sue Spearey), as well as disABILITIES and Best Practices teaching awards. David served as Chair of Department from 2009-2012.

Margot Francis
Associate Professor (Women’s and Gender Studies/Sociology)
Email: mfrancis@brocku.ca
Research Interests: Decolonizig perspectives on settler societies; queer/integrative feminist perspectives on culture arts, identity and the body.
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Jason Hawreliak
Associate Professor, Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities (Centre for Digital Humanities)
Email: jhawreliak@brocku.ca
Research Interests: Game Studies, Multimodality, Digital Media; Rhetoric; Semiotics
Available for supervision

Jane Koustas
Professor (Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures)
Email: jkoustas@brocku.ca
Research Interests: English-Canadian literature in translation, translation theory and practice, translation history in Canada, Quebec theatre and theatre translation.
Available for supervision

Mathew R. Martin
Professor (English Language and Literature)
Email: mmartin@brocku.ca
Dr. Mathew R. Martin is Full Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and Director of the PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities. As a scholar of English Literature, he studies early modern English drama, specifically the plays of Elizabethan bad boy Christopher Marlowe. He currently working on two books: one on psychoanalysis and literary theory, and another on the language of non-violence in early modern English drama. His involvement in the PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities has led him to teach courses on interdisciplinary theory, on trauma theory and art, and on Buddhism and psychoanalysis. He would be interested in supervising students in any of these areas.

Available for supervision

Elizabeth Neswald
Associate Professor (History)
Email: eneswald@brocku.ca
Research Interests: History of science and technology since 1800; Cultural history of thermodynamics; History of nutritional physiology; Material cultures of science and technology.
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Trevor Norris
Associate Professor (Education)
Email: tnorris@brocku.ca
Research Interests: Philosophy of Education; Political Theory; Critiques of Consumerism and Neoliberalism; Modern to Postmodern Transition
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Andrew Pendakis
Associate Professor (English Language and Literature)
Email: Apendakis@brocku.ca
Research Interests: History and Theory of modern centrism
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Matthew Royal
Associate Professor (Music)
Email: mroyal@brocku.ca
Research Interests: Music theory (especially theories of rhythm and temporality); Early-modern music theory (16th and 17th centuries); Music cognition; Acoustics and history of acoustics.
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Danny Samson
Associate Professor (History)
Email: dsamson@brocku.ca
Research Interests: Colonial, political culture, rural, environmental
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Cristina Santos
Associate Professor (Hispanic and Latin American Studies)
Email: csantos@brocku.ca 
Cristina Santos’ work focuses on sexuality and gender studies from an intersectional feminist perspective in the construct of “monstrous women” from an interdisciplinary and multi-cultural approach as seen in literature, film, television, popular culture, and mythology. Her teaching and research is informed by feminist theory, post-colonial discourse, theory of alterity and gender and sexuality studies. These research interests also includes working with Young Adult fiction and revised fairy tale adaptations in film and television that focus on the constructs of femininities and masculinities. Her research that is funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) focuses on the construct of political and social deviance and trauma in life narratives as the construction of a personal and communal sense of identity that challenges official history.
Research Interests: Comparative literature and film; Latin American studies; Feminist theory; Monster theory; Re-writing of fairy tales; Young Adult Fiction and Popular Culture; Testimony and social justice/human rights; Im/migrant issues.
Available for supervision

Elizabeth Sauer
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; Professor (English Language and Literature)
Email: esauer@brocku.ca
Research Interests: Early Modern English Literature, Culture, and History, including Milton, civil war writers, print culture, women writers, nationalism studies, history of toleration, transatlantic writing.
Available for supervision

Susan Spearey
Associate Professor (English Language and Literature)
Email: sspearey@brocku.ca
Research Interests: Postcolonial Studies, South African Literature and Culture, Post-conflict Literature, Artistic responses to conflict and transitional justice, Trauma Theory, Ethics, Theories of Witnessing, Social Justice and the Arts, Pedagogy
Available for supervision

Mark G. Spencer
Professor (History)
Email: mspencer@brocku.ca
Research Interests: History of Ideas in Eighteenth-Century America and Britain.
Available for supervision