An Associate Professor in the Department of English (cross-appointed to the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies) at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, Jody Mason specializes in Canadian literatures and print culture studies.
Her first book, Writing Unemployment: Worklessness, Citizenship, and Mobility in Twentieth-Century Canadian Literatures (U of Toronto P, 2013), covers the period from 1920-1975 and draws on cultural and literary studies, print culture studies, labour history, and citizenship studies in order to examine how a cultural normalization of worklessness accompanied the advent of the welfare state and the national citizen in twentieth-century Canada. Writing Unemployment was shortlisted for the Gabrielle Roy Prize (2013).
She has just finished a book manuscript that explores contests over the meanings of literature, literacy, and citizenship in Canada's early twentieth-century frontier work camps. Articles related to that research have appeared in Labour / Le Travail (Fall 2015) and Book History (2017).