Most of my scholarly career has been directed towards the study of postcolonial literatures and theory, with a special focus on global englishes and the literature of imperial management. My essays on postcolonialism and its troubles have appeared in the usual discipline-specific journals, and in collections such as Postcolonial Discourses: An Anthology (Blackwell), The Post-colonial Studies Reader (Routledge), Postcolonialism: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies (Routledge), Contemporary Postcolonial Theory: A Reader (E. Arnold), The Oxford Handbook of Postcolonial Studies, and A Postmodern Reader (SUNY).
In recent years I've focused increasingly on mountaineering and its representations, from colonial beginnings through to the global present. My essays on mountaineering history, co-written with Zac Robinson (Physical Education and Recreation), have appeared in the Canadian Alpine Journal, Alpinist, and The Canadian Rockies Annual. Many of these articles are posted on my personal website.
From 2005-08 I served as Founding Director of the U of A’s Canadian Literature Centre/Centre de littérature canadienne. From 2009-12 I served on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS), and as Chair of the Academic Council that manages the CFHSS's Aid to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP). In 20012-14 I was President of the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE).