Laura Schechter holds a PhD from the University of Alberta, and she continues to teach a wide range of courses in the Department of English and Film Studies. She also coordinates all sections of ENGL 199 (English for Engineering Students). Laura's research focuses on early modern gender, court culture, politicized writing, and Shakespeare, but she also happily works with travel and exploration texts, epistolary culture, and translation studies. She has published several articles and book chapters, with recent work in Pedagogy and the edited collection Shakespeare's Queens, and she often produces shorter book reviews and encyclopedia entries. Laura is at work on a monograph and also regularly presents at conferences.
As the past Coordinator of the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (2012-2014) and of ESC: English Studies in Canada (2014-2017), Laura has developed a strong sense of project management and executive administration. Her work with ACCUTE allowed her the opportunity to take the lead in organizing two four-day conferences, held during Congress 2013 and Congress 2014, and she has organized other public events such as a Paradise Lost reading marathon and mini-symposia for her 300-level students. Laura is the recipient of a 2017 Faculty of Arts Teaching Award and a 2018 William Hardy Alexander Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, but she wouldn't have won without her fabulous students inspiring and challenging her at every turn.