English and Film Studies


Margaret Boyce is a settler scholar who holds a PhD in English and Cultural Studies from McMaster University, in her hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. She conducts research on settler colonial studies, Arctic literature, Indigenous literature, animal studies, and museum studies. She has published articles in Canadian Literature and SITES: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies. She has led courses on critical race studies, nature/culture,  and globalization. She is currently working towards publishing her doctoral dissertation, which examines Inuit art exhibition catalogues, as well as completing a novel about AI and the dairy industry. In September 2019, she will take up a SSHRC-funded postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, where she will conduct research under the supervision of Dr. Keavy Martin.
email: mboyce@ualberta.ca


Beth Capper is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Departments of English & Film Studies and Women's & Gender Studies at the University of Alberta from 2019-2021. She received her Ph.D. in Modern Culture & Media from Brown University in 2019. Her research is broadly concerned with the history and theory of feminist media and performance in relation to questions of labour, social movements, and the politics of aesthetics. Beth's writing has been published in Art JournalMedia FieldsThird Text, and GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. She is also assistant editor (with Rebecca Schneider) of a consortium issue of TDR: The Drama Review on "Performance and Reproduction." Beth is currently working on two book projects. The first, Collective Housework: Post-1970s Feminist Media Cultures and the Crisis of Social Reproduction, traces Black, queer, and women of colour film and media interventions into dominant imaginations of social reproduction at the inception of the neoliberal era. Attending to sites, institutions, and labours – from sex work to the prison – that reconfigure the meaning of reproductive freedom, Collective Housework demonstrates how feminist media practices participate in political struggles against neoliberalism. Beth's second project, tentatively titled Get Ready, Stay Ready: Lizzie Borden and the Collective Feminist Image in U.S. Cinema, considers the oeuvre of filmmaker Lizzie Borden as a lens to retheorize the relation among cinematic form and feminist collectivity. Beth is also a film and media programmer. She is currently co-presenting (with Shama Rangwala) a film series at Metro Cinema in Edmonton on the changing conditions of working life in late twentieth and early twenty-first century cinema.
email: bcapper@ualberta.ca


Andrea Hasenbank is a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Gary Kelly to edit a forthcoming volume on Canadian and Australian popular print for the Oxford History of Popular Print Culture series. This volume will emphasize a range of material, encompassing both literary and non-literary texts and diverse reading practices, using book history and ethnomethodology to understand the social relationships, networks, and material conditions within which popular print is situated. Dr. Hasenbank’s previous critical work has studied the circulation of radical print and the reading publics that formed the leftist pamphleteering culture of 1930s Canada, with publications appearing in journals such as English Studies in Canada and book collections such as Literary/Liberal Entanglements: Toward a Literary History for the Twenty-First Century (University of Toronto Press, 2017) and Public Poetics: Critical Issues in Canadian Poetry and Poetics (Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2015). Dr. Hasenbank is deeply engaged with the history and politics of Alberta, having worked as a political advisor to the provincial government between 2015 and 2019, and through ongoing collaborations with community organizations such as the Alberta Labour History Institute. Her current research continues to probe the conjuncture of Canadian politics and literature, examining the intersection of print, readers, surveillance, and the state in postwar Canada.
email: agh3@ualberta.ca


Max Karpinski holds a PhD from the University of Toronto's English Department. His dissertation tracked the ways contemporary poets in Canada compost the pastoral mode in order to compose with its forms and thematics. In January 2020, he joined the University of Alberta's English and Film Studies Department as a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow. At UAlberta, he is beginning work on a second project, tentatively titled Matters of Language, which posits a "poetics of appropriation" as an experimental, formal tactic that addresses the entanglements of settler-colonialism and ecological degradation. His critical work has appeared or is forthcoming in Canadian Literature as well as an edited collection of essays published by Guernica Editions.
email: kmax@ualberta.ca


Anne Pasek researches carbon imaginaries and climate communication. She holds degrees from New York University, McGill, and the University of Alberta. Her work is interdisciplinary, drawing on the traditions of new materialisms, feminist STS, culture, queer, media, and communication studies. She is the reviews editor of The Journal of Environmental Media and has been published in journals such as Culture MachineFeminist Media Studies, and Photography and Culture. She is a profligate knitter, a strong proponent of low-carbon research methods, and an occasional labour organizer.
email: apasek@ualberta.ca


Emily Roehl is an energy humanities scholar who holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Before coming to Alberta, she was the Postdoctoral Scholar with the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Energy Justice in Global Perspective at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work focuses on artists and activists who address the unevenly distributed risks of energy development. Roehl is the co-founder of Mystery Spot Books, an artist’s book publisher based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which is currently producing a multi-publication project on the externalities of energy and industrial waste.
email: eroehl@ualberta.ca


Caleb Wellum is a historian of ideas, culture, and politics in the 20th century United States. His work has appeared in Environmental History and Enterprise and Society, as well as in edited volumes. He is currently working on a book titled "Energizing the Right: The 1970s Energy Crisis and the Making of Neoliberal America. He earned his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2017.
email: wellum@ualberta.ca