Faculty and staff

MATE Faculty and Staff


Ronda Arab
Associate Professor
BA, MA (Dalhousie), MA, PhD (Columbia)   
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 teaches contemporary literature, and specializes in Black, Caribbean, and Canadian fiction.  He also teaches creative writing.  His scholarly criticism has been published in journals such as Callaloo, Transition Magazine, The Journal of West Indian Literature, Postcolonial Text, The Global South, and Topia, as well as in academic books such as The Routledge Companion to Caribbean Literature and The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Literature.  He has co-edited three special issues of journals, most recently Transition Magazine 124 “Writing Black Canadas.”  His first novel, entitled Soucouyant, was nominated for eleven literary awards, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award.  His second novel entitled Brother won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Toronto Book Award, and the Ethel Wilson Book Prize, and was named a book of the year by The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Toronto Star, The New York City Public Library, Kirkus Reviews, Esquire Magazine, and The Guardian, among other periodicals and institutions.  His latest work is of creative non-fiction entitled I’ve Been Meaning To Tell You: A Letter To My Daughter.  David’s books have been published internationally and translated into several languages.  He is a 2019 winner of Yale’s Windham-Campbell Prize for a body of fiction.

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

Deanna Reder (Cree-Métis) is Associate Professor in the Departments of First Nations Studies and English at Simon Fraser University, where she teaches courses in Indigenous popular fiction and Canadian Indigenous literatures, especially autobiography. She is Principal Investigator, in partnership with co-applicants Dr. Margery Fee and Cherokee scholar Dr. Daniel Heath Justice of the University of British Columbia, on a five-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded project for 2015-2020 called "The People and the Text: Indigenous Writing in Northern North America up to 1992." See www.thepeopleandthetext.ca. She is a founding member of the Indigenous Literary Studies Association (ILSA) and served on the ILSA council from 2015-2018 (see indigenousliterarystudies.org); currently she is co-chair, with Dr. Sam McKegney from Queen’s University, of the Indigenous Voices Awards. (see indigenousvoicesawards.org) She also is the Series Editor for the Indigenous Studies Series at Wilfrid Laurier University Press. See deannareder.com for more information.




June Scudeler

Assistant Professor

T: 778.782.8191
E: jscudele@sfu.ca
Room: SWH 9077

June Scudeler (Métis) received her B.A. and M.A. in English at SFU and her PhD in English from UBC in 2016

She is Assistant Professor in the Department of First Nations Studies, cross-appointed with the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Her research examines the intersections between queer Indigenous studies, Indigenous literature, film, and art. She has published articles in Native American and Indigenous Studies, American Indian Culture and Research Journal,Canadian Literature, and Studies in Canadian Literature. Her chapters are included in Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics and Literature (University of Arizona Press) and Performing Indigeneity (Playwrights Canada Press)She is the co-editor of Studies in American Indian Literatureshttp://unp-bookworm.unl.edu/product/Studies-in-American-Indian-Literatures,673235.aspx

She is currently researching Indigenous representation in Fear the Walking Dead and Indigenous horror and science fiction literature and film, and writing a proposal for a book about Swampy Cree artist Kent Monkman.

Links to articles: https://sfu.academia.edu/JuneScudeler

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

Mary Ann teaches and publishes in late nineteenth and early twentieth century British literature and Anglo-American modernism.  She is the author of Henri Bergson and British Modernism (McGill-Queen’s, 1995); The Professional Literary Agent in Britain: 1880-1920 (Toronto, 2007); co-author with Aurelea Mahood of Modernist Literature: An Introduction (Edinburgh, 2007); co-editor with Helen Sword and Steven Yao of Pacific Rim Modernisms (Toronto, 2009).  Her most recent publication was Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader:  Selected Papers from the Twenty-Third Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf (Clemson, 2014) co-edited with Helen Wussow.  She is currently at work on a book about Emily Carr, Katherine Mansfield, and Virginia Woolf; and is beginning a project on trauma theory and detective fiction.



Christine Kim

Associate Professor

BA, MA, PhD (York)

Email: christine_kim_4@sfu.ca

Tel: 778.782.4314

Office: AQ 6110

Christine’s teaching and research focus on Asian North American literature and theory, diaspora studies, and cultural studies. She is the author of The Minor Intimacies of Race (University of Illinois Press, 2016) and co-editor of Cultural Grammars of Nation, Diaspora and Indigeneity (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2012). She has contributed chapters to essay collections on Asian Canadian literature and theatre and published articles in Interventions, Mosaic, Studies in Canadian Literature, and Journal of Intercultural Studies. Christine is co-director of SFU’s Institute of Transpacific Cultural Research. Currently she is working on a SSHRC funded book-length project on representations of North Korea, cultural fantasies, and Cold War legacies.

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

Sophie’s main areas of research and teaching are Indigenous literatures and studies in Canada, contemporary Canadian literature from the 20th and 21st centuries, diasporic writing, and studies in reconciliation and transitional justice. Her first book, First Person Plural: Aboriginal Storytelling and the Ethics of Collaborative Authorship (UBC P, 2011), was a finalist for the Gabrielle Roy Prize for English Canadian literary criticism and the Canada Prize from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences for scholarly work in the Humanities. Her most recent publication, with co-editors Deanna Reder (Cree-Métis), David Gaertner, and Garbrielle L’Hirondelle Hill (Métis), is a critical reader of 47 Indigenous short stories, essays, and narratives from the Americas, Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Stories from Turtle Island (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2017). Another co-edited publication, also with Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, is The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (ARP Books, 2015), a collection of essays that approaches the concept of ‘reconciliation’ as a problematic narrative about Indigenous-settler relations, but also as a site where conversations about what a just future looks like must occur. She is also the editor of Anahareo's Devil in Deerskins (U Manitoba P, 2014), the first book-length life narrative published by an Indigenous woman author in Canada; and co-editor (with Melina Baum-Singer and Christine Kim) of Cultural Grammars of Nation, Diaspora, and Indigeneity in Canada (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2012). She has published numerous essays in various journals and edited collections. Her most recent article is “Land, Memory, and the Struggle for Indigenous Rights: Lee Maracle’s ‘Goodbye, Snauq,’” published in the special issue, “Indigenous Literatures and the Arts of Community,” in Canadian Literature 230/231 (2017).


Lynn Kool
Manager, Academic & Administrative Services
AQ 6137

Please contact Lynn 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


Christa Gruninger
Graduate Program Assistant
AQ 6134

Please contact Christa 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