I am Professor of French & Cultural Studies. I received my PhD in literary Studies from l'Université du Québec à Montréal. After a two-year Fulbright postdoctoral stay at the Center for Cultural Studies of the University of California Santa Cruz, I joined the Department of Modern Languages & Cultural Studies of the University of Alberta in 2008. My teaching and research specializations are Quebec Studies, Canadian Studies (in French and English), health & medical humanities, philosophy & critical theory, the interrelations of cinema and literature, as well as urban and media cultures. To which I can add occasional forays into digital humanities for the purpose of art installations and field projects in photography and urban spaces, often with the participation of students. Those projects have led me to do two separate artist residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
In Fall 2014 I was awarded the Research Chair in Canadian Studies of the Université de Limoges in France where I was Visiting Professor. And in Winter/Spring 2015 I was Visiting Professor at the Center for Biomedical Ethics of the Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California. I am member of the executive board of the Canadian Literature Centre at the University of Alberta; member of the editorial board of the series Nouvelles Études Québécoises at the Presses de l'Université de Montréal; and co-founder of the online academic publication Imagination: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies. I am also a regular contributor to two Montreal-based magazines of art, culture and philosophy -- Contre-jour: Cahiers Littéraires and Spirale. In 2011 my first book, L'archipel de Caïn: Pierre Perrault et l'écriture du territoire, received the Jean-Éthier Blais award for best essay on Quebec Studies. My second monograph, L'âge de plastique. Lire la ville contemporaine au Québec, was published in 2016 at Presses de l'Université de Montréal.