I am currently a Mitacs Elevate / Accelerate Industrial Postdoctoral Fellow in Open, Collaborative Scholarship (Arts & Humanities) in the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL) at the University of Victoria (UVic). I am grateful to live and work on the traditional lands of the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ people. Previously at UVic, I was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English, a Digital Scholarship Fellow in the ETCL, and an Associate Fellow in the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society. In 2021, I was a finalist for the SSHRC Impact Talent Award, which recognizes “the most accomplished social sciences and humanities researchers in Canada.”
My research interests include twentieth and twenty-first-century literatures in Canada, literary modernism, twentieth-century literature and religion, and digital humanities (with more specific interests in such topics as religious and cultural pluralization, unorthodox forms of religious expression in literature, “late” modernisms, cross-border influences between Canada and the US, periodical studies and little-magazine manifestos, epiphanies, poetry about poetry, the Künstlerroman tradition, alcohol in modernist fiction, digital critical archives, and digital humanities publishing and pedagogy).
I am Principal Investigator of the forthcoming Canadian Modernist Magazines Project (CMMP). When launched, the CMMP will serve as a public-facing virtual research platform for those interested in reading, analyzing, or teaching Canadian modernist literature. In partnership with more than ten partner institutions in Canada and the United States, I am in the process of digitizing a selection of canonical and non-canonical Canadian modernist “little magazines,” beginning with Preview (1942-44), First Statement (1942-45), Tarot (1896), Neith (1903-4), and Le Nigog (1918).
I am also the author of Unorthodox Modernisms: Varieties of Religious Expression in Twentieth-Century Canadian Poetry (under advance contract with University of Toronto Press). This scholarly monograph is a revised version of my dissertation, “Canadian Modernist Poetry and the Rise of Personal Religions,” which was the recipient of the Dalhousie Doctoral Thesis Award and Malcolm Ross Thesis Award. This dissertation was supported by a Killam Predoctoral Scholarship and a Joseph-Armand Bombardier SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, as well as research grants from York University and the University of Manitoba. It examined the notion of “personal religion”—advanced most memorably by American philosopher and psychologist William James—in relation to the mid-twentieth century poetry and unpublished writings of four major Canadian poets: E.J. Pratt, Margaret Avison, Louis Dudek, and P.K. Page. Some of my findings from this study were published in Further Directions in William James and Literary Studies (a special issue of William James Studies) and University of Toronto Quarterly. My work has also been published or is forthcoming in The Edinburgh Companion to Modernism, Myth and Religion (ed. Suzanne Hobson and Andrew Radford), Canadian Digital Humanities (ed. Paul Barrett and Sarah Roger), Interdisciplinary Digital Engagement in Arts & Humanities, Pop! Public. Open. Participatory, English Studies in Canada, Canadian Poetry: Studies, Documents, Reviews, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, and Eludamos: Journal for Computer Game Culture. I am also working on a critical edition of Louis Dudek’s multi-volume long poem Continuation (under advance contract with University of Ottawa Press: Canadian Literature Collection) and a digital critical edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story “May Day.”
As an instructor, I have designed and taught courses in Canadian literature, modern Canadian poetry (ca. 1920-1970), American modernism, Alcohol in Modernist Fiction (British, American, and Canadian), as well as an introductory course on prose and fiction. In the classroom, where I channel the nerdy zeal and curiosity of Rick Steves, I emphasize technology-enhanced and multimodal learning experiences, creative assignments, and interactive, respectful discussions facilitated in a variety of small- and large-group formats.