Spencer Morrison is a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English and Film Studies, where his teaching and research concern 20/21C American literature and culture, particularly in relation to urbanism, politics, and spirituality. His book project, Cold War Reconstructions: American Literature, Urban Renewal, and the Marshall Plan, offers a newly transnational account of post-WWII US urban literature in relation to Cold War foreign aid. His postdoctoral work, meanwhile, explores post-WWII US representations of humanitarian crisis as informed by shifts in contemporary spiritual culture. Spencer's work is published or forthcoming in American Literature, ELH, The Cambridge Companion to The Waste Land (Cambridge UP, 2015), and Fueling Culture: Energy, History, Politics (Fordham UP, forthcoming).
Lynn Badia is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2017) in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, as well as graduate certificates in the History and Philosophy of Science from Duke University and Cultural Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is currently completing her book manuscript, Imagining Free Energy: Fantasies, Utopias, and Critiques of America. Among other publications, research from Imagining Free Energy has been published in Nineteenth-Century Contexts, and two essays on energy and culture are forthcoming in edited volumes from Routledge and Fordham University Press. She is a contributor to the Petrocultures Research Cluster and the six-year, interdisciplinary research initiative “After Oil: Explorations and Experiments in the Future of Energy, Culture and Society,” at the University of Alberta (www.afteroil.ca).
Sina Rahmani earned an undergraduate degree at McMaster University , and completed his PhD in the Department of Comparative Literature at UCLA with a dissertation on the question of orphanhood in the nineteenth-century British novel. His SSHRC-funded research project, titled "Boat People: Containerization, Refugees, and Transnational Anglophone Fiction," examines the link between the rise of the refugee problem and the postwar history of container shipping. His work has been published in Iranian Studies, Radical History Review, and Public Books, and English Studies in Canada.
David Buchanan’s research investigates the relationship between modernity and print culture from the eighteenth century to the present. He is currently completing a monograph on the nineteenth-century historical novel in transatlantic contexts. His research is published in Studies in the Humanities, European Romantic Review, Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, English Studies in Canada, Romantic Textualities, and Journal of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society. He is also the creator or coordinator of several collaborative online resource sites. More information is available at https://ualberta.academia.edu/BuchananDavidJ.
Carolyn Veldstra is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English and Film Studies, working with Michael O'Driscoll. Her work takes up the fields of affect theory, cultural studies, gender, and contemporary literature, film, and media studies in the context of neoliberalism. She is currently working on a book project exploring representations and discourses of impasse and stuckness among precarious workers. This new project builds on her dissertation, which explored cynicism as a neoliberal affect, working to unsettle judgments that view cynicism as willful or chosen by drawing out the structural embeddedness of the affective economy in which cynicism circulates. Aspects of her work on cynicism, humour, and affect have been published or are forthcoming in the journals ESC, JAC, Comedy Studies, and the Nordic Journal for English Studies. While at the University of Alberta, Carolyn will be working with the Petrocultures group, developing her research around political impasses and problems of agency in the face of the urgent systemic question of energy.
Kirsten Inglis Ph.D.is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in the University of Alberta’s Department of English and Film Studies and McCready Fellow at the Calgary Institute for the Humanities (2016-7). Her research areas are Jacobean drama and early modern women’s writing, specifically literary translation and familiar epistles. Her work has appeared in the journals EarlyTheatre and ROMARD and in edited collections on early modern drama. Her postdoctoral research focuses on seventeenth century women’s coterie writing and epistolary networks.