About Me

I am a specialist in Renaissance poetry and queer theory, with interests in poetics and in comparative literature.

I did my honours BA at Trent University and my MA and PhD at the University of Toronto. I taught at both those universities, at UBC, at Simon Fraser University, and at the University of Calgary before returning to UBC in 2003. I was promoted to associate professor in 2005 and to full professor in 2008. I am also a faculty associate in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice.

I received the Ian Fairclough Memorial Teaching Award in 1998 and the Killam Teaching Prize in 2008. After a wonderful sabbatical in Budapest, where I was visiting professor in the Department of Gender Studies at the Central European University, I was head of department from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2015. I was on administrative leave from July 1, 2015 until June 30, 2016. I’m happy to be back teaching.