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Theory, Culture & Politics M.A.

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Theory, Culture & Politics M.A.

Faculty & Research


Michael Epp

Director, M.A. Theory, Culture and Politics
Director, PhD Cultural Studies
​Associate Professor, English Literature and Cultural Studies

B.A. (Saskatchewan), M.A. (McGill), Ph.D. (Alberta)

Traill College, Wallis Hall 105, 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.

​​Jonathan Bordo

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies
B.A. (McGill - Alberta) M.A. M.Phil. Ph.D. (Yale)  

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

Research Interests: The condition of modernity, with reference to visual art, architecture, landscape and monumental sites; cultural transmission; the (post)modern sublime. 

​Nadine Changfoot

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

Champlain College C2, ext 6001, nadinechangfoot@trentu.ca

Research Interests: Critical Theory and political resistance through art and culture in Canada and comparative contexts, subjective intertwinements of mind, body, and action, feminism, resignifications of Hegel's thought for feminism.

​Victoria de Zwaan

​Associate Professor of Cultural Studies
B.A ( Trent ), M.A. (McGill), Ph.D. ( Toronto )

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

Current interests: narrative and genre theory; experimental fiction; history of the novel; literary theory; comparative literature; hypertext and new media fiction

Charmaine Eddy

Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies 
B.A. M.A. (Western Ontario) Ph.D. (Toronto)  

Champlain College S402, ext 7398, ceddy@trentu.ca

Current interests: Theories of the body and subjectivity; the incription of gender and race; French feminism.

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

Ihor Junyk

Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies
​B.A. (Western Ontario) 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

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

Assistant Professor and Chair of Cultural Studies
Media Studies Coordinator

MA (York University), PhD (University of Victoria) 

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

Research Interests: effects of our continual immersion in media, particularly those social media services that seem to fall under our control. 

Alan O'Connor

Associate Professor of Cultural 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

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies
B.A., M.A. (Alberta) Ph.D. (Duke)

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

Research Interests: Lacan, logic, and the act; Jean Genet and the poetic image; the labour theory of value and digital technology. 

Stephanie Rutherford

Associate Professor, School of the Environment
B.A. (Toronto) M.Sc. (Guelph) Ph.D. (York)

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

Research interests: Biopolitics and the more-than-human; posthumanism; animal studies; political ecology of wildlife

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 Professors

Karen Robertson

BA (Concordia), MA (Trent), PhD (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

Assistant Professor (LTA) of Media Studies in the Department of Cultural Studies
BA (York), MA (Western), PhD (York)

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

Research Interests: digital cultures, geomedia, film and visual studies, memory studies, social and political thought.