Our Research Assistant Team

Meet the Research Assistants

Ayantika Mukherjee, Doctoral Candidate (English and Film Studies)
Sylvia Madueke Doctoral Candidate (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)

Ayantika Mukerjee, 
Doctoral Candidate, English and Film Studies

Avantika Mukerjee, Doctoral Candidate, Research Assistant

My research interests lie in postcolonial theory, imperialism and children's literature of the nineteenth century. Where my master's project focused on British literature, my doctoral dissertation focuses on American literature. I am examining travel fiction and board games, and applying new historicism methods, including book history and print culture in my analysis. Both my masters and doctoral work has been supported by SSHRC. 

Recent publications include a critical introduction to an annotated edition of Louisa May Alcott's and Anna Alcott's Norma; or a Witch's Curse. Past roles have included helping to organize a conference on youth cultures, checking and copy editing the bibliography for Norma, copy editing articles accepted to peer reviewed journals, and teaching English courses to students from diverse faculties. I hope to continue using my research and writing skills as well as my strong commitment to interdisciplinary learning to support professors via the Grant Assist Program. 

Doctoral Candidate, Modern Languages and Cultural Studies

Sylvia Madueke, Doctoral Candidate, Research Assistant

As a PhD student specializing in Modern Languages, Literature, Translation and Cultural studies, and an Instructor of various levels of French language courses, I have been part of both academic and non-academic research projects. These have helped to develop my intellectual maturity, analytical skills and ability to conduct complex inquiries. I have published articles in English and French and I have also translated different types of documents from French to English and vice versa. I have equally collaborated in the preparation of funding applications such as SSHRC and Government of Alberta Operating Grants.

I have received merit-based graduate scholarships in my M.A. and PhD studies. I am currently researching and writing my PhD dissertation, which focuses on interdisciplinary borders of Translation, Literature, Culture and Politics.