Academic Employment & Service


Associate Professor, Department of English.
•    York University, July 2022

Associate Professor, Department of English.
•    York University, July 2016

  • Classes taught at York
    • 1201 Introduction to the Literary Imagination 
    • 2220 Introduction to Canadian Literature 
    • 4254 Contemporary Canadian Writers
    • 6801 Studies in Canadian Lit: The Politics of Space

Instructor. English 318. “Contemporary Canadian Literature.”
•    University of Waterloo, Fall 2015

Instructor. English 770. (Graduate Course) “Wither CanLit? Hemispheric Criticism and Mennonite Canadian Writing”
•    University of Waterloo, Summer 2014

Instructor. English 3940. “Representing Diaspora in Canadian Literature.”
•    University of Guelph,  Fall 2009

Research Assistant (2011, 2007-8)
•    Dr. Smaro Kamboureli, Canada Research Chair in Critical Studies in Canadian      Literature, University of Guelph

Research Assistant (2005 – 2006)
•    Dr. Warren Cariou, University of Manitoba

Teacher’s Assistant (2004 – 2005; 2003-2004)
•    20th Century Literature
•    Dr. Warren Cariou, University of Manitoba

Secondary School Teacher (2001 – 2003)                                                                                                  •   English Language Arts, Fine Arts, Law, History, American History                                             •   Linden Christian School (Winnipeg, MB)


Elected Member, Canadian Literature Discussion Group Executive Committee,                                     Modern Language Association, 2017-2022.

Member, Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) Adjudication Committee,                             Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2017-2020.

Organizing committee member, Mikinaakominis / TransCanadas: Literature, Justice,                         Relation. University of Toronto. May 2017.

Organizing committee member, Mennonite/s Writing VIII: Personal Narratives of Place and  Displacement. University of Winnipeg. Oct. 2017.

Organizer, “Mennonite/s Writing, 2014-15 Reading Series.” Conrad Grebel University  College (University of Waterloo) 2014-15. 7 evenings of readings and public interviews,  with Rudy Wiebe; Jeff Gundy; Miriam Toews; Patrick Friesen; Di Brandt; David Bergen;  and Carrie Snyder.

Member, Committee for Professional Concerns. (Association of Canadian College and        University Teachers of English) 2011 – 2016.

Member, Faculty of Arts exploratory Committee: Graduate Student Career Training and  Professionalization. University of Waterloo, 2013-14.

Member, Priestly Prize Committee. A three-person jury to select the year’s best essay in  English Studies in Canada. 2013

Co-Organizer, with Julia Spicher Kasdorf. “After Identity: Mennonite/s Writing in North  America.” 4 day symposium. Penn State University. May 2013.

Organizer.  “Academic Cynicism / Cynicism in the Academy.” Committee for Professional Concerns, Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. University of Waterloo / Wilfrid Laurier University. May 27, 2012.

Associate Editor, Journal of Mennonite Studies. 2011 – present.

Organizer. Transmissions: A Graduate Student Lecture Series. TransCanada Institute, University of Guelph. 2007-2008; 2008-2009; 2009-2010.

Invited Panel Participant. “Publishing and the Graduate Student.”  School of English and Theatre Studies, Graduate Student Professionalization Series. University of Guelph. August 2010.

Member, Organizing Committee. TransCanada 3: Literature, Institutions, CitizenshipMount Allison University. July 16-19, 2009.

Co-organizer, with Smaro Kamboureli. Narrating Mennonite Canada: History and / as 

Literature. TransCanada Institute, University of Guelph. February 27, 2009.

Co-organizer, with Smaro Kamboureli. TransCanada Literary Reading and Performance Series. 2007-2008; 2008-2009.

Elected member. Masters and PhD Students Society. University of Guelph. 2008-2009.

Graduate Student Representative. Association of Canadian College and University
Teachers of English. University of Guelph, 2006-2007; 2007-2008; 2008-2009.

Member. Guelph Speaks! More Space Advisory Board. University of Guelph, 2008.

Member, Organizing Committee, Intellectual Speed Dating. Graduate Student event at Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of British Columbia. June 2, 2008.

Member, Organizing Committee, “Twice the Work for Half the Credit?” Professional Concerns Panel, Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. University of British Columbia. June 1, 2008.

Graduate Student Representative. Graduate Studies Committee. School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph. 2007-2008.

Member. Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English Graduate Student Caucus Annual Survey Committee. 2007-2008.

Member, Organizing Committee. TransCanada 2: Literature, Institutions, Citizenship
University of Guelph. October 11-14, 2007.

Invited Panel Participant. “The Student /Advisor Relationship.” Faculty of Graduate Studies Lunch Series. University of Guelph. October 4, 2007.

Member, Organizing Committee, Following Derrida: Legacies. University of Manitoba. October 4-7, 2006.

Elected Member. Association of Graduate English Students. University of Manitoba, 2005.


Collaborator, Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas.  SSHRC Partnership Grant. PI: Peter Kulchyski (U Manitoba). 2013 – present.

Member, TransCanada Think-Tank. Sustainability, Mentorship, and Intellectual Production:  The Present and Future of Emerging Scholars in Canadian Literary Studies. Organized by  Smaro Kamboureli & Erin Wunker. University of Guelph, Apr. 5-6, 2013.

Member. “Aging, Memory, Aesthetics.” 2012-13. Jackman Humanities Institute,      University of Toronto.

Member. Early Modern Exiles: Workgroup.” 2011-12. Jackman Humanities Institute,      University of Toronto.

Member. “TransCanada / TransQuebec: A Workgroup.” 2006-2010.

A three-year inter-provincial, Inter-university collaborative project bringing together graduate students from University of Guelph and Université de Montréal to explore pedagogy and research issues pertaining to Anglophone and Francophone literatures in Canada. Co-directed by Smaro Kamboureli and Heike Härting.