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Jorji Temple, PhD Candidate

Articulated Love: Neoliberalism and the Romantic Couple in Popular Culture

   Friday, December 15, 2023

    Examining Committee:
    Dr. Stephen Collis, Professor, SFU English, senior supervisor
    Dr. Jeff Derksen, Professor, SFU English and Dean and Associate Provost, SFU Graduate Studies, co-senior supervisor
    Dr. Clint Burnham, Professor, SFU English, committee member
    Dr. Eldritch Priest, Associate Professor, SFU Contemporary Arts, internal-external examiner
    Dr. Will Straw, Professor, McGill University Art History and Communications Studies, external examiner

Yiwen Liu, PhD Candidate

Cold War Hong Kong: An Archipelagic Reading of Short Fictions During the Long Seventies

   Thursday, September 14, 2023

    Examining Committee:
    Dr. Christine Kim, Associate Professor, UBC English, co-supervisor
    Dr. Sophie McCall, Professor, SFU English, co-supervisor
    Dr. Helen Leung, Professor, SFU GSWS, committee member
    Dr. Christopher Lee, Associate Professor, UBC English, committee member
    Dr. Nadine Attewell, Associate Professor, SFU GSWS, internal external examiner
    Dr. Chris Zijiang Song, Assistant Professor, U of T Dept of Language Studies, external examiner

Taylor Morphett, PhD Candidate

Writing Words and the Written Word: The University and Endemic Crisis

   Wednesday, April 12, 2023

    Examining Committee:
    Dr. Sean Zwagerman, Associate Professor, supervisor
    Dr. Peter Cramer, Associate Professor, committee member
    Dr. Michael Ling, Senior Lecturer, SFU Department of Education, committee member
    Dr. Joel Heng Hartse, Senior Lecturer, SFU Department of Education, internal-external examiner
    Dr. Heather Graves, Professor Emeritus of English and Film Studies, University of Calgary, external examiner

Ed Graham, PhD Candidate

Allegory and Intoxication: Mapping Social Reproductive Separation and the Crises of Capitalism in 2010s Addiction Narratives

   Friday, March 31, 2023

    Examining Committee:
    Dr. Clint Burnham, Professor, supervisor
    Dr. Carolyn Lesjak, Professor, supervisor
    Dr. Margaret Linley, Professor
    Dr. Samir Gandesha, Professor, Director of the SFU Institute for the Humanities
    Dr. Alberto Toscano, Associate Professor, SFU Department of Communications, examiner
    Dr. Caren Irr, Professor of Humanities, Brandeis University, external examiner


Alois Sieben, PhD Candidate

Narrative Syncope: Search Results: The Subject of Google in 2010s Culture

    Thursday, September 16, 2021

    Examining Committee:
    Dr. Matthew Hussey, Professor and Graduate Program Chair, Thesis Defence Chair
    Dr. Clint Burnham, Professor
    Dr. Margaret Linley, Professor
    Dr. Stephen Collis, Professor
    Dr. Todd McGowan, Professor, Department of English, The University of Vermont
    Dr. Paul Kingsbury, Professor, Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University


Kimberly O'Donnell, PhD Candidate

Narrative Syncope: Affect, Ethics, and Fainting Men in Late-Victorian Novels

    Friday, December 11, 2020

    Examining Committee:
    Dr. Clint Burnham, Professor and Graduate Program Chair, Thesis Defence Chair
    Dr. Carolyn Lesjak, Associate Professor and Department of English Chair
    Dr. Margaret Linley, Associate Professor
    Dr. Michael Everton, Associate Professor
    Dr. Peter Dickinson, Professor, Department of the Contemporary Arts
    Dr. Christopher Keep, Professor, Department of English and Writing Studies, Western University

Melissa McGregor, PhD Candidate

Arduous Business: Immaterial Labour in the Victorian Realist Novel

    Friday, December 4, 2020

    Examining Committee:
    Dr. Michael Everton, Professor, Thesis Defence Chair
    Dr. Carolyn Lesjak, Associate Professor and Department of English Chair
    Dr. Margaret Linley, Associate Professor
    Dr. Clint Burnham, Professor and Department of English Graduate Chair
    Dr. Lara Campbell, Professor, Department of GSWS
    Dr. Nathan Hensley, Associate Professor, Department of English, Georgetown University

Carolyne Clare, PhD Candidate

Repertoires for Supporting Sovereignty: The Protocols for Native American Archival Materials and Dance Information in Vancouver

    Monday, July 27, 2020

    Examining Committee:
    Dr. Peter Dickinson, Professor, School for the Contemporary Arts (senior supervisor)
    Dr. Lisa Nathan, Associate Professor, School of Information, UBC
    Dr. Allana Lindgren, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre, University of Victoria
    Dr. Dara Culhane, Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology
    Dr. Spencer Lilley, Te Putahi a Toi, Associate Professor, School of Maori Knowlege, Massey University

Alix Shield, PhD Candidate

Kwaskastahsowin ("Put things to right"): Case Studies in Twentieth-Century Indigenous Women's Writing, Editing, and Publishing in Canada

    Tuesday, April 14, 2020

    Examining Committee:
    Dr. Linda M. Morra, Professor, Department of English, Bishop's University
    Dr. June Schudeler, Assistant Professor, Departments of Indigenous Studies & GSWS
    Dr. Sophie McCall, Professor, Department of English
    Dr. Carole Gerson, Professor Emerita, Department of English
    Dr. Deanna Reder, Associate Professor, Departments of Indigenous Studies & English