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My education is in English Literature. I’m a Canadianist by training, a comics scholar by interest, and a pedagog by passion.

My publications for the last five years, with links where available, follow:

  • “‘We the North’: Interrogating Indigenous Appropriation as Canadian Identity in Mainstream American Comics.” Reclaiming Graphic Borderlands: Indigenous Comics from the Hemispheric and TransPacific América. Frederick Aldama, ed. U Mississippi P, forthcoming.
  • With Peter Wilkins. “How Do You Build a Problem Like Riverdale: Constructing the Imagined Community of the Archie Universe.” Untitled CW Book Project. Ashley Carlson and Lisa Perdigao, eds. Forthcoming.
  • With Hattie Kennedy. “Under Attack!: Mainstream Canadian Comics and Cultural Resistance.” Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, forthcoming.
  • “Prowler’s Lives Matter: Constructions of Blackness in the Spider-Man Multiverse.” Sinister: Critical Essays on Spider-Man’s Villains. Kevin Scott, ed. U Mississippi P, forthcoming.
  • CanLit Guide: Comics and Canadian Literature.” CanLit Guides Project, Canadian Literature, 2018.
  • Teach First, Research Questions Later: Understanding the Role of the College Teacher-Scholar.” English Studies in Canada 43.1 (2017): 13-16.
  • With David N. Wright. “Decentering the Sexual Aggressor: Sexual Violence and Bitch Planet.Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 8.3 (2017): 264-276.
  • Border Studies in the Gutter: Canadian Comics and Structural Borders.” Canadian Literature 228 (2016): 170-187.
  • With Peter Wilkins. “The Case of the Missing Author: Toward an Anatomy of Collaboration in Comics.” Cultures of Comics Work. Casey Brienza and Paddy Johnston, eds. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 115-129.
  • The Unbearable Blind Spots of Comics Scholarship.” The Comics Grid 6 (2016): 11.
  • “Canadian Comics: A Brief History.” The Routledge Companion to Comics. Frank Bramlett, Roy T. Cook, Aaron Meskin, eds. Routledge, 2015. 62-69.
  • “Whither Alpha Flight?: The Nationalistic Response to Canada During the War on Terror.” Marvel’s Civil War: How Comics Defined the Post 9/11 Era. Kevin Scott, ed. McFarland, 2015. 58-68.
  • With Peter Wilkins. “An Innocent at Home: Scott Pilgrim’s Canadian Multicultural Contexts.” Representing Multiculturalism in Comics and Graphic Novels. Ian Hague and Carolene Ayaka, eds. Routledge, 2015. 197-211.
  • “Little Mosque on the Prairie: Religious Education on the Airwaves.” Muslims in American Popular Culture. Anne Richards and Iraj Omidvar, eds. Praeger, 2014. 93-104.

Way back in 2011, I published the first ever scholarly interview with Douglas Coupland.

Once upon a time I gathered together some thoughts on Wikipedia for Congress 2011 and some people, like Maclean’s, the National Post, and Wired, were interested. Clive Thompson talks about it in his book, too, which was very cool, and Ed Tech Magazine did a nice Q&A.

You can find me presenting at Congress pretty much every year, either with ACCUTE (for whom I am a campus rep) or CACLALS or CSSC or all three.

My conference papers and invited talks for the last five years are as follows:

  • “Content and Trigger Warnings.” Congress 2018. Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. University of Regina. 26 May 2018.
  • “The Public Intellectual in the Age of Social Media.” Congress 2018. Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. University of Regina. 26 May 2018.
  • “The Labour of Teaching CanLit.” Congress 2018. Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. University of Regina. 26 May 2018.
  • “From Twitter SJW to English Professor: Idle No More, Black Lives Matter, and the Literature Classroom.” Congress 2017. Association of College and University Teachers of English. Ryerson University. 30 May 2017.
  • “(Re-)Inventing Your Place in the Academy: Alt-Academia, Online Community, and You.” University of Phoenix Brown Bag Colloquium Series. 13 December 2016.
  • With David N. Wright. “Plastic Pedagogies: Design Thinking and Prototyping as Classroom Practice.” BCCampus Festival of Learning. Delta Hotel, Burnaby, BC. 7 June 2016.
  • “Teach First, Research Questions Later: Understanding the Role of the College Teacher- Scholar.” Congress 2016. Association of College and University Teachers of English. University of Calgary. 31 May 2016.
  • “Footnotes, Endnotes, and HTML5: Blogging and the Future of Literary Criticism.” Congress 2016. Association of College and University Teachers of English. University of Calgary. 30 May 2016.
  • “Troubling Canadian Community in Brian K. Vaughn’s We Stand on Guard.” Congress 2016. Canadian Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies. University of Calgary. 29 May 2016.
  • “So Relevant I Can’t Even: Shakespeare and Millennial Culture.” New Westminster Public Library. 23 April 2016.
  • With Peter Wilkins. “The Politics of Transformation in Superhero Comics.” Politics: A Conference on Comics. Comics Forum 2015. Leeds, UK. 12 November 2015.
  • With Peter Wilkins. “Online Spaces and the Alt-Academic.” #citylis International Seminar, City University London. 10 November 2015. (Interview about that talk here.)
  • With David N. Wright. “Open Scholarly Community” and “Hacking the College.” Educational Technology Users Group Fall Unconference. Vancouver Community College. 6 November 2015.
  • “Doing the Work: Diversifying the Reader’s Experience, Come Hell or High Water.” British Columbia Library Association Reader Advisory Group Keynote Address. 18 September 2015. (Summary of that talk here.)
  • “We the North: Interrogating Indigenous Appropriation as Canadian Identity in Mainstream American Comics.” Congress 2015. Canadian Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies. University of Ottawa. 31 May 2015.
  • “Off the Sides of Our Desks: Research in a Community College Context.” Congress 2015. Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. University of Ottawa. 30 May 2015.
  • “Would You Take The Pill?: Douglas Coupland and September 11 as Cultural Turning Point.” Congress 2014. Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. Brock University, St. Catharines. 24 May 2014.
  • “Borders and Gutters: Transgressing National Borders and Their Visual Representations in Contemporary Canadian Comics.” Congress 2014. Canadian Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies. Brock University, St. Catharines. 24 May 2014.

I do have an academia.edu profile, but I have a lot of ethical qualms about academia.edu and rarely remember to update it.