Faculty and staff

MATE Faculty and Staff


Ronda Arab
Associate Professor
BA, MA (Dalhousie), MA, PhD (Columbia)  
Tel: 778 782-8506  
Email: ronda_arab@sfu.ca

Ronda Arab’s main fields of study are Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, and her research interests include intersections of class, gender, and work on the Early Modern English stage; the role of literature and theatre in the construction of cultural discourse and social practice; and the city of London. She is the author of Manly Mechanicals on the Early Modern English Stage (Susquehanna University Press, 2011) and co-editor of Historical Affects and the Early Modern Theater (Routledge, 2015). She has published in Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, and Renaissance Quarterly, as well as in several edited collections.

David Chariandy
Associate Professor
BA, MA (Carleton), PhD (York)
Tel:  778 782-5438
Email:  chariand@sfu.ca

David specializes in contemporary fiction, (especially Canadian, Caribbean, and Black Atlantic), as well as interdisciplinary theories of postcoloniality, diaspora and ‘race.’  He has published scholarly articles and reviews in the Essays on Canadian WritingThe Canadian Association of American StudiesThe Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial LiteraturesCanadian LiteratureThe Journal of West Indian LiteraturePostcolonial TextTopiaNew Dawn, and Callaloo.  He is a co-founder of Commodore Books, the co-editor of a special issue of the Canadian Association of American Studies, and the co-editor of a forthcoming special issue of West Coast Line.  His novel entitled Soucouyant was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2007, and was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Best First Novel Prize. His creative and critical writings are featured in a special section of the 30.3 (Summer 2007) 30th anniversary issue of Callaloo, the international journal of African diaspora arts and letters; and his second novel, entitledBrother, is forthcoming from McClleland and Stewart.

Carole Gerson
BA (Simon Fraser), MA (Dalhousie), PhD (British Columbia)
Tel: 778 782-4097
Email: gerson@sfu.ca

Carole Gerson (FRSC) has worked extensively on early Canadian literature and Canadian book history. A contributor to all three volumes of History of the Book in Canada, she co-edited volume 3 (University of Toronto Press, 2007) which covers the 1918-80 period. Her particular focus on women writers has resulted in many articles that include well-known authors such as L.M. Montgomery and Susanna Moodie, as well as studies of the canonization of Canadian women writers that involve more obscure figures. With Veronica Strong-Boag, she issued two books on Pauline Johnson: Paddling Her Own Canoe: The Times and Texts of E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake) (2000) and E. Pauline Johnson, Tekahionwake: Collected Poems and Selected Prose (2002). She received the Gabrielle Roy prize for criticism for her latest book, Canadian Women in Print, 1750-1918, which applies the principles of print culture analysis to a wide range of early authors. Her work has been consistently supported by grants from SSHRC and the CFI, and by a Killam Research Fellowship.

Tom Grieve
Associate Professor
BA, MA (Simon Fraser), PhD (Johns Hopkins)
Tel: 778 782-5417
Email: grieve@sfu.ca

Tom Grieve was the founding Director for the Master  of Arts for Teachers of English (MATE) Program and formerly Chair of the SFU English department.

Dr. Grieve is  primarily  interested in modernism, particularly the work of the so-called “high” modernists, such as Yeats, Pound, Eliot, Stein and Joyce. He has published a number of articles on the poetry of Ezra Pound and a book, Ezra Pound’s Early Poetry and Poetics(University of Missouri Press, 1997). He teaches modernist poetry and fiction, critical theory and the history of criticism, modern British literature, the essay as literature and rhetoric. A winner of SFU’s Excellence in Teaching Award, he never does not teach writing.

Deanna Reder
Director, MATE Program
Associate Professor 

BA (Concordia), MA (York), PhD (UBC)
Tel: 778 782-8192
Email: Deanna_Reder@sfu.ca

Deanna Reder's main fields of study are Indigenous literatures in Canada, Indigenous literary theories and epistemologies, and autobiography theory.  She teaches 75% in the First Nations Studies Program and 25% in the Department of English. As a Cree-Métis scholar, she is working on a monograph on Cree and Métis autobiography in Canada. She has recently co-edited an anthology with Dr. Linda Morra (Bishops University) entitled Troubling Tricksters: Revisioning Critical Conversations (2010). Her work has appeared in Studies in Canadian LiteratureAmerican Indian Quarterly and recently, an article entitled "Writing Autobiographically: A Neglected Indigenous Intellectual Tradition" is included in Across Cultures, Across Borders: Canadian Aboriginal and Native American Literatures (2009). Recently she has been appointed Series Editor of the Indigenous Studies Series at Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Clint Burnham                                 
Associate Professor 

BA, MA (Victoria), PhD (York)  
Tel: 778 782-3438
Email:  clint_burnham@sfu.ca

Clint Burnham has taught at Capilano College, the Emily Carr Institute, and UBC. Clint's research interests are modernism, theory, visual culture, and popular culture. His novel Smoke Show (Arsenal) was shortlisted for the 2005 BC Book Prize and his latest book of poetry, Rental Van, was just published by Anvil. Clint has published essays, reviews, and articles in English Studies in Canada, Open Letter, Flash Art, fillip, The Vancouver Sun, and The Globe and Mail. He is also the author of a study of Steve McCaffery (ECW) and The Jamesonian Unconscious: The Aesthetics of Marxist Theory (Duke U.P.).

Michael Everton
Associate Professor
BA (James Madison), MA (Tennessee), PhD (North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Tel:  778 782-5385 

Michael Everton specializes in pre-twentieth century American literature and history of the book. His research focuses on publishing history, authorship, literary ethics, and copyright. His book,The Grand Chorus of Complaint: Authors and the Business Ethics of American Publishing (Oxford Univ. Press, 2011), is a study of the moral economics of American print culture from 1776 to 1865. Current projects include articles and book chapters on the Salem Witchcraft Trials and Poe and a book on extralegal strategies of transnational publishing in the nineteenth century. He has held research fellowships from the Bibliographical Society of America, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Huntington Library, and his articles have appeared inEarly American LiteratureLegacyStyle, and ESQ. Teaching interests include seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century American literature, with upper-division courses on topics ranging from Moby-Dick to early American poetics to ethical theory.

Mary Ann Gillies
BA (Alberta), MPhil, DPhil (Oxford)
Tel: 778 782-4837 
Email: gillies@sfu.ca
Web: www.sfu.ca/english/Gillies

Mary Ann Gillies chiefly researches the Anglo-America area; publishing history, popular culture (in particular detective fiction), and philosophy and literature are secondary research areas. She has a book on The Literary Agent in Britain 1880-1920 under consideration at the University of Toronto Press and also has a text book on modernism entitled Decade by Decade: Modernity, Modernism, and British Literature, 1900–1939 (co-authored with Aurelea Mahood) under consideration at Oxford University Press. She is collaborating with colleagues from New Zealand and New York on a collection of essays, provisionally entitled Pacific Rim Modernisms. This collection grew out of a plenary session and a seminar at the recent Modernist Studies Association Conference (MSA6) held in Vancouver in 2004. She co-chaired the conference and they received a $50,000 SSHRC conference grant for MSA6. Other research projects include a study of the construction of literary reputation on which she is collaborating with colleagues in Linguistics, and an examination of the cross cultural interrelationships between Chinese and Anglo-American modernisms.

Sophie McCall
Associate Professor
BA, MA (British Columbia), PhD (York)
Tel:  778.782-4866
Email:  smccall@sfu.ca

Sophie McCall's main fields of interest are contemporary Canadian and Indigenous literatures, postcolonial theory and globalization studies. Her book, First Person Plural: Aboriginal Storytelling and the Ethics of Collaborative Authorship (University of British Columbia Press, 2011), explores the complexity of the issue of ‘voice’ by examining double-voiced, cross-cultural, composite productions among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal collaborators. She is co-editor (with Melina Baum-Singer and Christine Kim) of Cultural Grammars of Nation, Diaspora, and Indigeneity in Canada (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2012) and co-editor (with David Chariandy) of a special issue of West Coast Line, entitled Citizenship and Cultural Belonging (2008). She has published articles in numerous journals and edited collections.

Diana Solomon
Associate Professor
BA Vassar, MA Hawaii, PhD UCSB
Tel: 778-782-5436
Email: diana_solomon@sfu.ca
Web:  https://dianasolomon.wordpress.com

Diana specializes in Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature, theatre studies, comedy, women writers, and print culture. Her book, Prologues and Epilogues to Restoration Theater: Gender and Comedy, Performance and Print, was published by Delaware UP in 2013. She has published articles on comedy, actresses, Restoration theatre, Margaret Cavendish, and Anne Finch in such journals as Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature1650-1850, and Restoration, and she has co-edited a collection on women and comedy. She has held fellowships at the Clark, Folger, Huntington, and Noel libraries and at the Harry Ransom center, and spent two years as a Mellon fellow at Duke. Currently she is working on a book-length project about comedy and repetition in Restoration and eighteenth-century theatre.


Tracey Anbinder
Manager, Academic & Administrative Services
Tel: 778 782-9885
Office: SUR 5170
Email: fassmgr@sfu.ca

Please contact Tracey about:

  • strategic planning & program development
  • budget management
  • course planning, scheduling & teaching assignments
  • hiring of teaching assistants, research assistants & sessional instructors 
  • staff requests & human resource issues
  • ideas on how our programs and services can be improved

Rosaline Baik
Coordinator, Student Recruitment & Advising
Tel: 778 798-9384
Office:  SUR 5169
Email:  matesry@sfu.ca

Please see Rose about:

  • advising students of the academic requirements for various FASS programs
  • recruitment & prospective students
  • event planning and programming related to student engagement
  • active students – course add/drops, letters of permission, academic appeals, academic difficulties, referrals to other support services at SFU, etc
  • marketing and communications

Program Assistant
Tel: 778 782-7609
Office: SUR 5180
Email: matesry@sfu.ca

Please contact for:

  • any related business with the MATE Director
  • new student program applications
  • assistance with office booking and meeting scheduling
  • administrative support
  • course outlines & teaching evaluations
  • office supplies & parking passes