Brandon Alakas, Assistant Professor (English)

Ph.D., Queen's University
M.A., University of Toronto
B.A. (Honours), Queen's University

Email: alakas@ualberta.ca

Brandon Alakas teaches courses on classical and medieval literature. His long-standing interest in Latin literature in particular is fuelled by his research on monastic culture. He has published on Latin historiography but his current work examines devotional literature written immediately before the English Reformation. When not reading or writing about monks, Brandon tries to make time for his excessive number of hobbies, which include language learning, cooking, and running.

Sam ChristensenSamantha Christensen, Continuing Lecturer (English)

M.A., University of Alberta
B.A., University of Alberta, Augustana Faculty


Samantha Christensen teaches first year English Literature courses at Augustana, and works as a tutor in the Augustana Writing Centre. Her areas of interests include American literature from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and her research has been particularly entrenched in food. When she is not on campus, she is likely building forts with her toddler, running, or discussing a novel in her Feminist book club.

Marina Endicott, Continuing Lecturer (English)

BA (Hons) in Theatre, University of Waterloo.


Marina Endicott’s first book, Open Arms, was short-listed for the Amazon First Novel award. Good to a Fault, a finalist for the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was on CBC’s Canada Reads. The Little Shadows was short-listed for the 2011 Governor General’s award. Her latest book is Close to Hugh, and she’s working on a new historical novel set on a clipper ship in 1910. 

Roxanne Harde, Professor (English); Associate Dean Research

Ph.D., Queen's University
B.A. High Honours, University of Saskatchewan
M.A., University of Saskatchewan


Roxanne Harde teaches courses in American Literature and Culture and covers the period by field, before and after the Civil War, by genre, including children's literature, and by theme, including environmental writing and feminist theory.  Her current research focuses on nineteenth-century American reform writing for children.  Roxanne also studies contemporary culture, and has published a collection on the lyrics of Bruce Springsteen.  She enjoys travel, especially to concerts, and volunteers as a figure skating judge.

Paul W. Harland, Professor (English)

Ph.D.,M.A., University of Western Ontario
B.A., University of Winnipeg


Paul Harland's teaching and research interests lie in Renaissance and twentieth-century literature, and he has published numerous articles on John Donne and another on Henry James. In addition, he has co-edited Augustana's interdisciplinary liberal arts journal Dianoia. Recent interests include politics in seventeenth-century literature and the representation of history in contemporary novels

Deanna V. Mason, Continuing Lecturer (English)

Ph.D., Queen’s University
M.A., University of Western Ontario
B.A., University of Western Ontario


Deanna Mason teaches courses in early and late Victorian literature. Her interests include the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and women’s writing both within and beyond the Victorian period. Deanna is also committed to fostering students’ writing through her work at the Augustana Writing Centre, which includes one-on-one tutoring sessions and group workshops. Her non-academic passions include travel, yoga, and vegan baking.

Craig Peterson, Writing Centre Director, Continuing Lecturer (English)

Ph.D. English, Queen's University
M.A. English, University of Alberta
B.A. Economics, University of Alberta


Craig's specialty is Restoration and Eighteenth-Century literature. He has worked at Augustana since the fall of 2007, teaching a wide range of courses and directing the operations of the Augustana Writing Centre, which offers free services including one-on-one tutoring sessions in the Library rooms 1-140 and 1-142 as well as a host of writing workshops. The Centre is staffed by Craig and a yearly cohort of peer tutors who are trained as part of his course, "Introduction to Writing Centre Practices".

Krystal Shirley, Continuing Lecturer (English)

M.A., Mankato State University
B.A., Augustana University College


Krystal teaches first year literature courses at Augustana. She has studied American nature writing, women’s environmental literature and ecofeminism. She is interested in contemporary fiction and children’s literature. Besides reading, she enjoys skiing and cycling, as well as volunteering as a ski coach for the Camrose Ski Club’s youth cross-country program.