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Katherine Shwetz

PhD Candidate and Course Instructor, University of Toronto

I am PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. I previously studied at Dalhousie University and the University of Saskatchewan.

My current research focusses on representations of contagious disease in Canadian literature after the HIV/AIDs pandemic. The project has one foot in literary studies, exploring the boundary-crossing energy of contagion as a literary device used to examine community membership, and the other in interdisciplinary health humanities, considering how lived understandings of infection and otherness are reflected and importantly refracted in literature.

I've has taught, researched, and been generally enthusiastic about literature, health humanities, and undergraduate writing.


  • 2012–present
    Doctoral Researcher, University of Toronto


  • 2011 
    Dalhousie University, Masters in English
  • 2010 
    University of Saskatchewan, Bachelor of Arts, Hon.


  • 2020
    “The Chaotic Narratives of Anti-Vaccination.” , Routledge Handbook of Medical Humanities, Ed. Alan Bleakley