Faculty

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.


Marina Endicott, Continuing Lecturer (English)

BA (Hons) in Theatre, University of Waterloo.

mendicot@ualberta.ca

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. 


IMG_6314Roxanne Harde, Professor (English); Associate Dean Research; SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University

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

Office: Forum 2-156
Phone: 780.679.1579
Email: rharde@ualberta.ca

A McCalla University Professor, Roxanne researches and teaches American literature and culture, focusing on popular culture, women’s writing and children’s and Indigenous literatures. Her most recent books are The Embodied Child, co-edited with Lydia Kokkola (Routledge, 2017), Walking the Line: Country Music Lyricists and American Culture, co-edited with Thomas Alan Holmes (Lexington, 2013). Roxanne recently held the Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair at Vanderbilt, working on a project entitled, “Still Searching: Singer-Songwriters, Americana Dreams.”


Portrait of Stephanie OliverStephanie Oliver -- Assistant Professor, English

PhD, Western University
MA, Western University
BA (Honours), St. Francis Xavier University

ssoliver@ualberta.ca
Website

Stephanie Oliver teaches courses on Canadian, postcolonial, and diasporic literatures. Her research focuses on representations of smell in Canadian diasporic women's writing. She also studies the relationship between diaspora, indigeneity, and settler colonialism, particularly in the context of the Alberta tar sands. Stephanie enjoys travelling (especially to her home province of Newfoundland) and exploring all that Camrose has to offer.


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

cgpeters@ualberta.ca

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

kshirley@ualberta.ca

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.