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George Munro Chair in English Literature and Rhetoric / University Research Professor, Dalhousie University

I am the author or editor of fifteen books. Much of my work involves gender and nationalism in British and Irish literature from 1780-1850; I'm especially interested in how literature provided a forum for debating various social issues, from women's education to the place of culture and history in ideas of the nation to medical theories. I have extended this work on gender and the nation into television studies, including an essay on state-formation in Deadwood and a book on masculinity and the gothic in recent US television. I have also published on university issues, including research policy: these publications have appeared in the MLA journal Profession, University Affairs, and various academic blogs.


  • –present
    University Research Professor, Dalhousie University


  • 1994 
    University of Western Ontario, PhD, English Literature


FRSC; Canada Research Chair in English and Cultural Studies (2002-05); Canada Research Chair in European Studies (2005-12)