Office: HH 228
Emily Acton is an MA candidate in the Rhetoric and Communication Design program. Her research interests include cognitive science, rhetoric and environmental discourse, and ecocriticism.
She previously completed a BA in Honours English (Rhetoric, Media, and Professional Writing) with a minor in Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo. Her other interests include the study of rhetorical figures, multimodal instruction, and advertising.
Renée Belliveau, B.A. Honours (Mount Allison University) is a Master’s student in the Literary Studies stream. Her research interests include nineteenth-century literature and culture in Britain and the United States, Feminist theory, and print culture. Her Master’s Research Project, “’Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, &c.’: William Still’s Recirculation of Nineteenth-Century Print Culture” takes a print cultural approach to William Still’s The Underground Rail Road (1872).
Marisa Benjamin completed a BA Honours Arts and Business Co-op, Psychology Major, English Minor at the University of Waterloo with Dean’s List acknowledgements. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Rhetoric and Communication Design at UWaterloo. Marisa is passionate about Indigenous rights activism and Canadian mental health policy. Other research interests include queer theory, gender studies, and popular culture studies.
Office: HH 228
Martha Brennan, Honours BA (English, UW) is a current Master's student in Literary Studies at the University of Waterloo. Her research areas include children's literature, nonsense language theory, and child development studies. Her thesis studies the way in which nonsense language in children's literature helps us to understand the way we understand the rules of language, by examining how this nonsense language relates to language acquisition during childhood. Outside of academia, she also writes her own children's poetry.
Office: HH 228
Madison Chan, BA (University of Waterloo), is completing her Master's in Literary Studies. She is interested in the intersectionality of race, gender, and disability in relation to nineteenth-century African-American and Black-Canadian literature and print culture. Currently, her research includes analysing the representation of the black female body within different forms of print media throughout America in the nineteenth-century.
Isabelle Cote, BA Honours (University of Waterloo) is completing her Masters in Literary Studies. Currently, her research interests include American and Canadian Literatures from the late Nineteenth to early Twentieth Centuries with a focus on print culture, book history, and audience. She also enjoys discussing music, film and television in her spare time, and dabbles in Pop Culture studies.
Justine Fifield, Hon. BA English Literature, is an MA candidate in the department of English Language and Literature in the Rhetoric and Communication Design (RCD) stream. After navigating through a number of publishing, public relations and communications roles, Justine returned to academia to further hone her skills as a communicator and pursue a career within the university setting. Currently working as a Career Advisor with the Centre for Career Action while completing her degree, Justine recognizes the importance of good communication in helping others to navigate the waters of their own professional path.
Miraya Groot, Hon. BA English and Business Co-op (UWaterloo), is an MA candidate in the Experimental Digital Media stream. Her studies focus on the semiotics of the city and the contrast of 20th to 21st century understandings of the urban throughout the digital revolution. Her Masters Research Project, "Waterloo Region Cyborgs," investigates digital technology device usage in urban public spaces. Read more at waterlooregioncyborgs.wordpress.com.
Bibi Ashyana Harricharran, Honours B. A. (University of Waterloo), is an Ontario Certified Teacher and an MA candidate in the department of English Language and Literature stream. After completing her degree at the University of Waterloo, Bibi returned to academia to pursue her MA in English Literature. She is interested in the narratology of the Gothic genre in Victorian and Postcolonial Literature, and how these authors deploy Gothic tropes, such as, aristocracy, darkness, isolation, superstition, madness, and eroticism to expose subjugation.
Jessica Hawkes completed her undergrad at Mount Alison University with a BA honors English and a BSc in biology. Her research interests include: literature and the environment, ecocriticism, and dystopian literature.
Sue Heeg completed their BA in Honours English at the University of Waterloo and is a Master’s candidate in English Rhetoric and Communication Design. Their research interests lie in digital communities and how fan networks (or fandoms) are constructed and how content produced by fans for fans is self-policed and regulated. They are also interested in LGBT representation in media and in writing short stories that feature LGBT characters and relationships.
Connor Kelly has a Bachelor's of English with Honours in Creative Writing from the University of Prince Edward Island. He is currently in the Master's of Rhetoric and Communication Design program at the University of Waterloo and thinks writing a profile about himself in third person makes him sound professional.
His research interests lean towards the cognitive effects of language and narrative structure.
Dominique Kelly completed her BA in Honours English (Rhetoric and Professional Writing, Digital Media Studies Specialization) at the University of Waterloo and is pursuing an MA in Rhetoric and Communication Design. She is interested in digital media design and the social impacts of digital technology.
Stephanie Kent is an MA candidate in Rhetoric and Communication Design. Her research interests include fandom studies and environmental discourse in popular culture, with a focus on narrative production. She is currently developing a co-operative narrative game that gamifies the storytelling process.
She received her BA in English Language Literature and Rhetoric from the University of Waterloo.
I graduated from the University of Waterloo in Honours English-Rhetoric, Media, and Professional Communication with a Music Minor. I chose to do my MA in Literary Studies so that I could delve into my love of literature. My specific interest lie in British literature, especially the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.
Blog: I have a non-academic blog in which I explore all my interests, from knitting to writing. https://slicesoft.wordpress.com
Andy Myles, B.A. Honours (Waterloo) is an MA candidate in Experimental Digital Media. He is interested in critical making and practices that combine writing, technology, and theory to build community. Currently, he is researching rhetoric and narratives surrounding fitness: how can we tell more inclusive stories about exercise that aren't based on war or progress? What do such narratives look like, what media do they inhabit, and how might they alter the practice of exercise itself?
Amber O’Brien is pursuing a Masters in Literary Studies. Her main area of interest is examining how narratives in science fiction and fantasy texts work to challenge and alter gender ideologies in Western societies.
Toben Racicot graduated from BYU-Idaho with a BA in English Creative Writing. He works as a freelance writer, letterer, and designer in the indie comics scene and self publishes his own comics illustrated by his wife, Alaire. His research interests include sequential art, rhetoric of comic books, game theory, and sequential rhetoric.
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Theresa Shim, B.A. (Honours English, University of Waterloo) is pursuing an M.A. in Rhetoric and Communication Design. She is interested in fandom studies, digital media, and the rhetoric of dissent. In her free time, she enjoys writing critical essays about popular culture as well as designing infographics about popular culture.
Katherine Tu received her BCS from the University of Waterloo in 2016 with a minor in French. Her interests include computational rhetoric, computational linguistics, rhetorical figures, and linguistics. She is a member of the RhetFig group.
Anthony J. (Tony) Verbruggen graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Waterloo in 1987. He went on to complete an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Windsor. He went on to spend over twenty years teaching English, Communications and Writing in a number of countries. His work experience includes teaching English and Communications at the University of Bahrain and College of the North Atlantic – Qatar. Most recently he helped manage a writing centre at the University of Nizwa in Oman.
After living abroad for eighteen years Tony returned to Canada in 2014 and settled in Kitchener. He is currently exploring employment opportunities related to education and technical writing. His interest in communications and technical writing has led him to undertake a Master’s degree at Waterloo in Rhetoric and Communications Design. He is interested in emerging methods of electronic communication, rhetoric and professional writing.
Marta Wilkonson's research interests include the English language and second-language acquisition, culture, and world literature.
Caitlin Woodcock, Honours BA (University of Waterloo) is a candidate for an MA in Experimental Digital Media. Coming from a Literature background, the XDM program has expanded her scope of study to include critical discussions around technology and its uses, helping to change her patterns of thought and explore the connections between Art and Technology. During her course of study, she has focused on how the slow process of craft work (of a variety of types) can contribute to a more mindful use of media and technology. To complete her Major Research Project, she crafted three objects-of-non-use, which were designed to prompt people to relinquish their media devices for a span of time and focus instead on rest, community, and home. Each object incorporates simple technology and is integrated with a hand-crafted object - a basket, a crocheted phone case, and a hanging quilt. This project was well received and confirmed the value of and interest in craft-related research. Future work could include an exploration of craft work done by individuals that then become artifacts passed down through families (think: quilts, cross stitch pieces, old macrame wall decor, watercolour, etc.) and how that legacy could change given the current technological climate. Either way, she will definitely continue working with and thinking about crafts. To follow along on Caitlin's craft journey, check out @theoddknot on Instagram.
Office: Critical Media Lab 44 Gaukel st.
Alexandre Zima (BA Hon. Contemporary Studies -Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford) is a Masters candidate at the University of Waterloo in the English Rhetoric program. His research interests cover "toxic rhetoric" - the rhetoric of trolling, terrorism, conspiracism, and pseudoscience.