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Professor of Modern Literature and Culture, Toronto Metropolitan University

Irene Gammel is renowned for her scholarship on gender and modernism across literature and visual art. Her research on marginalized women writers and artists has helped shift cultural history to include oppositional, experimental, and minority voices.

Funded by the Social Sciences and Canada Research Council, Gammel’s most recent project, Operation Canada, focusses on decolonizing and reshifting our understanding of World War I culture. This focus has culminated in her new book, I Can Only Paint: The Story of Battlefield Artist Mary Riter Hamilton (McGill-Queen’s University Press), exploring the underexplored battlefield art of Mary Riter Hamilton and the harrowing conditions in which she created it.

The recipient of many grants, Gammel is the author of over 100 scholarly articles, chapters, essays and books including the internationally acclaimed Baroness Elsa: Gender, Dada and Everyday Modernity (MIT Press), Body Sweats: The Uncensored Writings of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven (MIT Press), and Looking for Anne of Green Gables (St. Martin’s Press), as well as numerous volumes of critical essays, including Florine Stettheimer: New Directions in Multimodal Modernism (Book*Hug).

Her work has been cited in the international media including New York Times, Newsweek, Die Zeit, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, and she is a contributor to The Bookforum, the Women’s Book Review, among others.

Gammel directs the Modern Literature and Culture (MLC) Research Centre, a hub for research collaborations, multimedia exhibitions, symposia, workshops and experiential training. She is the co-host of the MLC Pandemic Webinar Series.


  • –present
    Professor , Ryerson University
  • –present
    Director , Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre
  • 2005–2018
    Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Modern Literature and Culture, Ryerson University


Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada