Before his current post at UBC, Alex Dick received his PhD from the University of Western Ontario in 1999, held a SSHRCC post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto, and taught at Northern Michigan University.
For the past 10 years, Alex's primary area of research has been literature and economics. Palgrave Macmillan published his first book, Romanticism and the Gold Standard: Money, Literature, and Economic Debate in Britain 1780-1830, in 2013. Alex has also worked widely in the field of cultural performance studies, and has published essays and collections on the intersections between language, writing, and speech, Romantic drama, genres of mourning, eighteenth-century media theory, and contract law and on such writers as William Wordsworth, Percy Shelley, Charlotte Smith, Walter Scott, Zadie Smith, Northrop Frye and the television hit Justified.
Alex is now pursuing new research projects on Scottish Enlightenment and Romantic literature and agriculture, on the idea of social reading, and on literary theory in Canada as well as an edition of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s last play Pizarro for Broadview Press (forthcoming in 2016). He is also editor of the Literature, Languages, and Criticism section of the new Open Access journal Cogent Arts and Humanities (published by Taylor & Francis). In 2013-14, he held Research Fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and at the Centre for the History of the Book, both at the University of Edinburgh.