Areas of expertise

Faculty members in Waterloo English have research expertise in a wide variety of fields that span literature, rhetoric, professional communication, and digital media.

Faculty member Research areas of expertise
Katherine Acheson
Extension: 30336
Office: PAS 2454
  • Early Modern literature and culture
  • Visual culture
  • Visual rhetoric
Carol Acton
Extension: 28238
Office: SJU 3004
  • War in literature and life-writing
  • Autobiography
  • Modern British writers, especially non-canonical women writers

Lamees Al Ethari
​Extension: x33029
Office: HH 142

  • Life Writing/Women’s Life Writing
  • Arab and Arab North American literature, history, and culture
  • Diaspora and Postcolonial Theory
  • War and Trauma Theory and Literature
  • Transnational and Immigrant Literature
  • Ethnic American Literature
Veronica Austen
Extension: 28300
Office:SJU 3009
  • Canadian literature
  • Caribbean literature
  • Diaspora studies
  • Contemporary poetry and poetics
  • Visual arts in literature
Beth Coleman
Extension: 31013
Office: HH 145
  • Co-director Critical Media Lab (CML) new research module, City as Platform/X-Reality Lab (XRL)
  • Rhetoric
  • Big data
  • Critical race theory
  • Critical Theory
  • Digital humanities

  • Games studies
  • Locative media/mobile media
  • Media theory/history of media and technology

  • Narrative theory
  • Participatory culture/politics of engagement
  • Transmedia art and design
Karen Collins
Extension: 38326
Office: ECH 2112
  • Games
  • Sound
  • Digital media
  • User experience/usability
  • Science fiction
Frankie Condon
Extension: 38326
Office: ECH 2112
  • Cross-cultural and antiracist rhetorics
  • Critical race theory and rhetoric
  • Public rhetorics and social change
  • Writing theory, practice, and pedagogy
Tristanne Connolly
Extension: 28244
Office: SJU 3002
  • British Romantic literature and culture (especially poetry)
  • William Blake
  • Erasmus Darwin
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Medical writing and illustration
  • Literature and science
  • Religion and literature

Bruce Dadey
Extension: 32416
Office: HH 257

  • Rhetorical theory and history
  • Professional Communication
  • Composition theory
  • American literature
  • Non-fiction prose studies (particularly American writers)
  • Graphic narratives

Chrysanne DiMarco
Extension: 84443
Office: DC 1308

  • Computational rhetoric
  • Computational linguistics
  • Human language technologies
  • Health informaticas
  • Persuasive language technologies
Jay Dolmage
Extension: 31035
Office: HH 324
  • Rhetorical theory and history
  • Composition theory and pedagogy
  • Disability studies
Fraser Easton
Extension: 33359
Office: HH 267
  • Eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century literature
  • Defoe, Smart, Edgeworth, and Austen
  • Gender, sexuality, and class
  • Political economy
  • Popular culture
Kenneth Graham
Extension: 32124
Office: HH 246
  • Renaissance and Reformation Literature, including Shakespeare and Milton
  • Poetry
  • Literature and rhetoric
Dorothy Hadfield
Extension: 33203
Office: HH 270
  • Canadian Drama and Theatre
  • Fin-de-Siecle Literature and Drama (British and Canadian)
  • Historiography and Politics of Literary and Theatrical Production
  • Composition Pedagogy
  • Online Pedagogy and Learning
Jennifer Harris
Extension: 37846
Office: HH 147A
  • Nineteenth-century American Literature
  • African American Literature
  • Cultural studies

Randy Harris
Extension: 35362
Office: HH 247

  • Rhetoric (especially computational and cognitive rhetoric, rhetoric of science, history and theory of rhetoric)
  • Professional communication (especially document design, usability, and multimedia)
  • Interaction design (especially speech)
  • Linguistics (especially cognitive linguistics and history of linguistics)
  • Cognitive Poetics (especially the affective dimensions of linguistic and textual form in literature)
  • Construction Grammar (especially the intersection of everyday expressions and rhetorical schemes)
Ken Hirschkop
Extension: 32095
Office: HH 245
  • Cultural and literary theory (especially Bakhtin, the Frankfurt School, Marxist theory, Raymond Williams)
  • Politics and language
  • Modern philosophy of language
  • Critical media studies
  • Urban culture
Shelley Hulan
Extension: 36867
Office: HH 253
  • Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Canadian writing.
Norm Klassen
Extension: 28223
Office: SJU 3005
  • Chaucer
  • Medieval English literature
  • Medieval humanism
Alysia Kolentsis
Extension: 28280
Office: SJU 3006
  • Shakespeare
  • Early modern drama and poetry
  • History of English
Alice Kuzniar
Extension: 33386
Office: ML 206
  • Cinema studies
  • Queer studies
  • Animal studies
  • History of medicine
  • Psychoanalytic approaches to literature and film
Victoria Lamont
Extension: 36873 or 33318
Office: HH 226
  • American literature
  • Popular culture
  • American women’s writing
Kate Lawson
Extension: 33965
Office: HH 264
  • Victorian literature and culture, especially fiction from the 1840s and 1850s.
Michael MacDonald
Extension: 32448
Office: HH 256
  • History and Theory of Rhetoric
  • Media Studies
Murray McArthur
  • Modernist literature of the United Kingdom and Ireland
  • Postmodernist literature of the United Kingdom and Ireland
  • Literary theory and criticism
  • Genetic literary theory and practice
Kevin McGuirk
Extension: 32419
Office: HH 263
  • American literature and culture after WWII (especially poetry)
  • Post-romantic poetics
  • Twentieth-century literatures and film
Andrew McMurry
Extension: 32121
Office: HH 265
  • Ecocriticism
  • Environmental rhetoric and/or literature
  • Genres of professional writing
  • New media theory and design
  • Nineteenth-century American literature
  • Semiotics and discourse analysis
  • Science fiction

  • Comics and graphic novels

Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher
Extension: 39135
Office: HH 146
  • Rhetoric (history and theory of rhetoric, rhetoric of science and technology, digital rhetoric, rhetorical genre studies)
  • Communication studies (science communication, environmental communication, organizational communication, media theory)
  • Professional and technical communication, especially scientific proposal writing and notions of expertise in socio-technical spheres of discourse, and also emerging online genres
  • Qualitative methods

Vinh Nguyen
Extension: 28727
Office: REN 1408

  • Asian Diaspora Literatures
  • War, Refugee, and Migration studies
  • Affect theory
  • Cultural Studies
Aimee Morrison
Extension: 37533

Office: HH 269

  • Information technology in literature
  • Electronic textualities
  • Digital media
  • History and theory of media
  • Popular cybercultures
John North
Extension: 33743
Office: HH 223
Extension: 33743
  • Victorian literature
  • Bibliography
  • Children's literature
  • Literature and the Bible
  • C.S. Lewis and his circle
Marcel O'Gorman
Extension: 32946
Office: HH 258
  • Critical theory
  • Media theory
  • Digital humanities
  • Digital art and design
  • Posthumanities
  • Cyberculture
  • Techno-Romanticism
  • New critical methodologies
Neil Randall

Extension: 30134
Office: EC1 1327

  • Game studies
  • Virtual worlds
  • Rhetoric and semiotics of Human-Computer Interaction
  • Semiotics of games and game design
  • J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Practice and analysis of various genres of professional writing: technical documentation, magazine journalism, multimedia production

John Savarese​
Extension 33019
Office: HH 143

  • Romantic literature
  • Poetry and poetics
  • History and philosophy of science
Winfried Siemerling
Extension: 32118
Office: HH 222
  • Canadian literature and culture, North American literatures and cultures
  • Black North American writing (including francophone Quebec)
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Postcolonial writing
  • Diaspora writing
  • Hemispheric studies
  • Literary and critical theory (including Frankfurt School)
  • Jazz and literature
Heather Smyth
Extension: 36027
Office: HH 268
  • Postcolonial literatures and theory
  • Caribbean literature
  • Feminist theory
  • Canadian literature
  • Postcolonial queer studies

Imre Szeman
Extension: 37621
Office: ML 241

  • Environmental communication
  • Energy justice
  • Literary and critical theory
  • Cultural studies
Sarah Tolmie
Extension: 36795
Office: HH 266
  • Middle English literature and historiography
  • Middle Scots literature and historiography
  • Premodern theory of mind and embodiment
  • Creative writing
  • Cognitive poetics
Linda Warley
Extension: 35379
Office:  PAS 2427
  • Canadian literary studies in all genres (especially post-WWII to the present);
  • Auto/biography studies generally;
  • First Nations and Métis literatures.
David-Antoine Williams
Extension: 28287
Office: STJ 3006
  • Poetry and/or poetics
Chad Wriglesworth
Extension: 28283
Office: SJU 3004
  • Twentieth century American literature
  • Ecocriticism and place studies
  • Religion and American culture
  • Native American literature
  • Literature and the American West

Vershawn Young
Extension: 31596
Office: ML 239

  • African American Performance (drama and theatre, performance of everyday life, performance of gender [masculinity])
  • African Americans Studies (esp. African Americans and U.S. Law after Jim Crow)
  • Composition and Rhetoric (Translingual Writing, Code Meshing, Code Switching, Relationship between speech/oral communication and writing/composition)
  • African American literature (Dramatic Literature of the Harlem Renaissance, Late 20th/21st Century Authors, James Baldwin)