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Cultural Studies

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Cultural Studies

Graduate Faculty

Michael Epp

Director, PhD Cultural Studies
​Director, M.A. Theory, Culture and Politics
​Associate Professor, English Literature and Cultural Studies
B.A. (Saskatchewan), M.A. (McGill), Ph.D. (Alberta)

Traill College, Wallis Hall 1022, ext. 6093, michaelepp@trentu.ca

Research Interests: 19th- and 20th-century American literature and culture; public and political violence; print culture and book history; Irish Republicanism



Feyzi Baban

Associate Professor, Political Studies & International Development Studies
M.A. (Bogazici) PhD (Carleton)

Champlain College G1 ext 6236, fbaban@trentu.ca

Research Interests: impact of cosmopolitan theory on normative theories of international relations, the politics of citizenship in late modern societies, and alternative forms of modernity in non-Western cultures.



Suzanne Bailey

Professor, English
Director, M.A. English Literature (Public Texts) 
B.A. (Queen's), M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)

Traill College, Wallis Hall 125, ext. 6039, sjbailey@trentu.ca

Research Interests: Darwin; science and visual culture; age and disability studies; Canadian modernism; history of the book, photography; theories of landscape; travel writing and mobilities; autobiography and women's writing; digital media; literary theory.



Sylvie Bérard

​Professor and Chair of French & Francophone Studies.
Ph.D. (Montreal)

Symons Campus, Lady Eaton College, N120, ext. 7383, sberard@trentu.ca

Champs de spécialisation : littérature québécoise, littérature des femmes, science-fiction et fantastique, sémiotique



Christiaan Beyers

Associate Professor, International Development Studies 
B.A. (Trent), M.A. (York), D.Phil. (Sussex)

Research Interests: Citizenship, rights and identity; Forced migration; Transitional justice; Memory and memorialization; Land struggles in South Africa; Migration in the Andes; Bakhtin.





Jonathan Bordo

Professor, Cultural Studies and Cultural Studies Doctoral Program
MA (McGill and Alberta), MA, M.Phil, PhD (Yale)

Traill College, Scott House 208, ext 6019, jbordo@trentu.ca

Research Interests: Cultural history and theory grounded in the philosophical, scientific, religious and aesthetic culture of early modernity (1450 – 1710) with special interest between picturing, testimony, institutions of memory. and the interdisciplinary study of landscape.


Antonio Cazorla-Sanchez

Professor and Chair, History
Ph.D. (Granada)

Lady Eaton College S101.8, 705-748-1011 ext. 7095, acazorla@trentu.ca

Research Interests: Modern Spanish History; Fascism and Dictatorships; Modern European History, Transnational History.




Nadine Changfoot

​Associate Professor of Political Studies 
B.A. (York) M.A. (Carleton) M.A., Ph.D. (York)

Champlain College C2, ext 6005, nadinechangfoot@trentu.ca

Research Interests: critical theory (feminist, disability, aging, inter and intrasectionalities), political agency and resistance through art and culture (arts-based research), engaged scholarship (environmental sustainability) in Canada and comparative contexts, and resignifications of Hegel's thought for feminism.



Sally Chivers

​Professor, English
B.A. (Calgary), Ph.D. (McGill)

Lady Eaton College S112, ext. 7950, sallychivers@trentu.ca

Research Interests: Disability and Age Studies, mainly connected with Cinema, Literature, TV, and other Media; Crip Culture; Architecture, Literature, and Film; Promising Practices for Long-Term Residential Care, especially creativity and culture; Digital Storytelling; Feminism; Canadian Literature; Activist Art; Austerity.



Victoria de Zwaan

Associate Professor, Cultural Studies and Cultural Studies Doctoral Program
B.A. (Trent),  M.A. (McGill) Ph.D. (Toronto)  

Traill College, Wallis Hall 111, ext. 6092, vdezwaan@trentu.ca

Research Interests: Include experimental and speculative fiction, literary theory, cultural theory, history and development of cultural studies, adaptation studies, aesthetics.




Finis Dunaway

​Professor, History
B.A. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Ph.D. (Rutgers University)

Wallis Hall 118, Traill College, ext 7026, finisdunaway@trentu.ca

Research interests:  Modern United States cultural and environmental history; American Studies; visual culture; mass media and the environment; arctic landscapes




Charmaine Eddy

Associate Professor, English
M.A. (Western Ontario), Ph.D. (Toronto)

Champlain College S403, (705) 748-1011 ext. 7398, ceddy@trentu.ca

Research Interests: Modern and contemporary American fiction; African-American fiction; 19th-century American women poets; black literary and critical theory; theories of subjectivity and the body; Faulkner; Morrison




Kelly Egan

Associate Professor, Cultural Studies and Media Studies 
B.A. (Carleton), M.A. (York/Ryerson), M.F.A. (Concordia), Ph.D. McGill

Traill College, Scott House 203, ext. 6042, kellyegan@trentu.ca

Research Interests: Avant-Garde Cinema, Media Arts, Media Archaeology, Film Preservation and Archival Theory, Aesthetics, Visual Culture, Materiality




Hugh Hodges

Associate Professor and Chair, English Literature
B.A. (Queen's), M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)

Traill College, Wallis Hall 134.1 ext. 7732, hughhodges@trentu.ca

Research Interests: African; West Indian; Black British and South Asian Literature; Oral Traditions and popular music; Postcolonial theory




David Holdsworth

​Associate Professor, Environmental Studies
​BSc (Waterloo) MSc (McMaster) PhD (Western Ontario)  

Traill College, Scott House 208 ext. 6048,  dholdsworth@trentu.ca

Research Interests: Observation and representation in physical theory; valuation and interpretation of mathematics; the (algebraic) topos as site of theory; political discourses and cultural organization of scientific community; interdisciplinary and professional practice within post-modern culture; environmentalism as a moral discourse.


Veronica Hollinger

​Professor (emerita) of Cultural Studies
​B.A. (Marianopolis), M.Ed. (Newcastle), M.A., Ph.D. (Concordia)


Research Interests: science fiction and the climate crisis; Chinese science fiction; nonhumanism and posthumanism; intersections of subjectivity and technoscience; theories of performance, representation, and spectacle




Gyles Iannone

​Professor, Anthropology
Director, Anthropology Graduate Program
BA (Simon Fraser), MA (Trent) PhD (University College London)

Life & Health Sciences DNA C213 ext. 7453, giannone@trentu.ca

Research Interests: archaeology, Resilience Theory, Settlement Archaeology, Early Tropical State Formations, Mesoamerica (especially Maya), South and Southeast Asia (especially Myanmar and Cambodia)

​Ihor Junyk

Associate Professor, Cultural Studies and English LLiterature
B.A. Hons. (U.W.O.), M.A (Queen’s), Ph.D (University of Chicago)

Traill College Scott House 204, ext 6052, ihorjunyk@trentu.ca

Research Interests: modernism and the avant-garde; classicism and myth; opera; trauma, memory, and history; and the contemporary novel.




Stephen Katz

Associate Professor of Sociology
B.A. (York) M.A. (McGill) Ph.D. (York)  

Otonabee College 230, ext 6020, skatz@trentu.ca

Research Interests: Age and life-course studies; sociology of the body; neoliberal health politics. 




Paul Manning

Associate Professor of Anthropology
M.A., Ph.D. (Chicago)    

Champlain College E1.3, ext 7271, paulmanning@trentu.ca

Research Interests: Linguistic anthropology, anthropology and history, semiotics (the study of signs), cartoons, urban anthropology, anthropology of romance, anthropology of politics, liberalism and neo-liberalism, colonialism, anthropology of technology, nature, mining, landscape, and anthropology of the preternatural (fairies, pixies, monsters, occultism, theosophy). 



Barb Marshall

Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies 
M.A. (Guelph) Ph.D. (Alberta)  

Otonabee College 225, ext 7856, bmarshall@trentu.ca

Research Interests: Feminist and critical social theory, sociology of the body, gender and sexuality, science and technology studies




Ian McLachlan

​Professor Emeritus of Cultural Studies
B.A., M.A., English, Oxford University, UK

Traill College, Wallis Hall 103.1, imclachlan@trentu.ca

Research Interests:History of theatre; performance theory; play writing, trade and the exchange of technology in pre-historic Southeast Asia.



Anne Meneley

Associate Professor of Anthropology
​B.A. (McGilll), M.A., Ph.D. (New York University)

DNA Building C217, ext 7329, ameneley@trentu.ca

Research Interests: Middle East, Islam, religion and world views, embodiment, ethnographic methods, and histories of anthropology


Liam Mitchell

Associate Professor, Chair of Cultural Studies and Coordinator of Media Studies 
B.A. (Thompson Rivers), M.A. (York), Ph.D. (Victoria)

Traill College, Scott House 201, ext. 6072, liammitchell@trentu.ca

Research Interests: Game studies, media theory, political theory, cultural politics, social media, Heidegger, Foucault.




Suresh Narine

Director, Trent Centre for Biomaterials Research, Professor, Physics & Astronomy and Chemistry​
B.Sc. (Chemical Physics), Trent University, M.Sc. (Chemical Physics), AMINSS, Trent University, Ph.D. (Food Science/Materials Physics), University of Guelph

Symons Campus, Science Complex 304, ext. 6105, sureshnarine@trentu.ca

Research Interests: Research in the Trent Biomaterials Research Program is focused on the utilization of vegetable oils (soybean, canola, flax, corn, jatropha, palm, etc.) for the synthesis of functional polymers (for use as intelligent coatings, biomedical delivery systems and other specialized polymers), lubricants, greases and waxes, nano-matrices for the delivery of bioactive compounds and fertilizers, and crystallized networks of lipids for use as healthy food materials.


Alan O'Connor

Professor, Cultural Studies and Media Studies
B.A. (Trinity College, Dublin), M.A., Ph.D. (York)  

Oshawa Campus 164, ext 5030, aoconnor@trentu.ca

Research Interests:  Subcultures, anarchism and the 'anti-globalization' movement; sociology of culture, mass media, intellectual fields; Latin American studies. 




James Penney

Professor, Cultural Studies and French & Francophone Studies
B.A., M.A. (Alberta), Ph.D. (Duke)

Traill College Scott House 205, ext 6075, jamespenney@trentu.ca

Research Interests:Cultural theory (psychoanalysis and Marxism), world literature and cinema, queer theory.


Stephanie Rutherford

Associate Professor
BA (Toronto), MSc (Guelph), PhD (York)

Symons Campus, Environmental Science Building A112, ext. 7187, srutherford@trentu.ca

Research and Teaching Interests: Cultural politics of nature, Political ecology of wolves in Canada, Political theory and the environment, Environmental justice
Stephanie teaches in the broad areas of human-animal relations, political ecology, and environmental justice. Stephanie is committed to challenging and nurturing students, not as passive recipients of knowledge but in a lifelong learning process that can equip them to be critical of the world as it is, and seek to change it for the better.

Elaine Stavro

​Associate Professor of Political Studies
​B.A. M.A. Ph.D. (Toronto)

Champlain College S403, ext 6007, estavro@trentu.ca

Research Interests: Feminist theory; contemporary French philosophy; reproductive technology.

Adjunct Faculty

Emilia Angelova

Associate Professor, Philosophy, Concordia University
B.A., M.A. (Sofia, Bulgaria), M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)

Her research is in 20th Century Continental Philosophy, focusing especially on Heidegger, Derrida, Nancy, and French Feminist theory, in relation to 19th Century philosophy, particularly Hegel and Kant. Her interests involve themes such as selfhood, temporality, freedom, affect, gender and sexuality, and the imagination.

Brent Bellamy

Assistant Professor, English
B.A., M.A. (Trent), Ph.D. (Alberta)

Research Interests: American Literature & Culture, Literary Criticism (Literary & Genre Theory), Science Fiction Studies, Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Narrative, Critical Theory (Marxism & Feminism), World-Systems Theory, Energy Humanities (Petrocultures), and Environmental Humanities

Michael Eamon

​Principal, Catharine Parr Traill College
B.A. Hon. (Ottawa) M.A.(Queen’s), M.Phil (Cambridge), Ph.D. (Queen’s)

Catharine Parr Traill College, Scott House 107, 705-748-1011 ext. 6218, michaeleamon@trentu.ca

Adjunct Professor, M.A. English Literature (Public Texts), M.A. History, Ph.D. Cultural Studies, M.A./Ph.D. Frost Centre for Canadian Studies & Indigenous Studies

Katrina Keefer

Adjunct Professor of History
B.A., M.A. (Trent), Ph.D. (York)


Research Interests: Cultural history; body marking; Identity; African history; Classical history; Intellectual history; the history of slavery globally; missionary education and development; representation within games

Paloma Martin

Senior Lecturer (tenured), University of Guyana
B.Sc., M.Sc. (Guyana), Ph.D. (West Indies)

Michael Morse

B.A. (McGill), M.A., Ph.D. (York)

Traill College, Scott House 211, mmorse@trentu.ca

Research Interests: Working on a book on the fundamental concepts of music sociology, and smaller projects on the history of ideas (working with Schmitt, Weber, and Foucault texts), ensemble rhythm, discourse and logical theory (texts of Frege, Wittgenstein, Burke, Saussure), and the principles of dance and song as social action. He remains active as a composer, bassist, and bandleader.

Karen Robertson

B.A. (Concordia), M.A. (Trent), Ph.D. (Guelph)

Research Interests: 19th and 20th Century continental philosophy, especially Heidegger and Arendt; political philosophy, especially the philosophical foundations of liberalism, critiques of liberalism, and issues of multiculturalism; feminist theory, ethics, aesthetics.

Joshua Synenko

Limited Term Faculty, Cultural Studies
B.A. Ph.D. (York), M.A.(Western)

Traill College, Scott House 212, ext. 6164 joshuasynenko@trentu.ca

Research Interests: Cinema and media studies, Collective memory, Migrant narratives, Popular and visual culture, Social and political thought, Urban media theory.  

Edward Tilson

​B.A. (Toronto), B.A. Hons, M.A. (Carleton), M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. (Yale)

His research centers on differences between humanist and (anti)rationalist accounts of modernity. Interests include Montaigne’s Essais; Erôs and epistêmê in Ronsard and Rabelais; the classicism of the generation of 1660; and philosophical paradox and narrative structure in Voltaire, Diderot and Rousseau.

Mark Tumbridge

Lecturer, University of Guyana
B.A. Hon, M.A. (Brunel, UK),  Ph.D. (Warwick, UK)

Liam Young

Instructor, Carleton University
B.A. (Calgary), M.A. (Brock), Ph.D. (Western)


Research Interests: Communication Theory, Media Theory and Media History, Cultural Studies, Digital Media, Political Economy and Media Industries, Science, Technology and the Environment, Software, Platforms and Algorithms

Emeritus Faculty

Zsuzsa Baross
BA (British Columbia), MA (London), PhD (Amsterdam)

Research Interests: ethics of testimony and witnessing, question of community/ hostility/hospitality, relation between political and the philosophical, lure of the Image.

Elizabeth Deeds Ermarth
BA (Carleton College), MA (UCBerkeley), PhD (Chicago)

Research Interests: cultural theory and feminist practice, the shift from modernity to postmodernity and its implications for definitions of individuality and agency and for historical explanation.

John Fekete
MA (McGill), PhD (Cambridge)

Research Interests: literary and cultural theory, Anglo-American and European, esp. modern and post-modern, science fiction, the technological imaginary, moral panic, biopolitics.

Doug Torgerson
BA (UCBerkeley), MES (York), MA, PhD (Toronto)

Research Interests: critical theory, political action, public spheres, policy discourse, green political thought, cultural politics.

Andrew Wernick
MA (Cambridge), MA, PhD (Toronto)

Research Interests: modern and post-modern social and cultural theory, religion, and post-commodification and culture.

Constantin Boundas
MA, PhD (Purdue)

Research Interests: Deleuze’s philosophy, theory of difference, postmodernism, poststructuralism, Desire, Minoritarian literature, Nomadism, Schizoanalysis.