Emily O'Brien

Graduate Chair, GLS, Associate Professor, Departments of History & Humanities

Areas of interest

Late Medieval and Renaissance Europe; Medieval and Renaissance Italy; the history of historical writing; the city of Rome, antiquity to the present day.


  • BAU (U of Toronto)
  • MA, PhD, (Brown)


I came to SFU in the fall of 2005 as a lifelong easterner. I grew up in Toronto, did my B.A. at the University of Toronto and then headed south to Brown University in Rhode Island for my graduate work. My research interests in Renaissance Italy took me still further east to Rome and Florence, where I spent almost three years. While finishing my thesis, I taught for several years in Harvard's Expository Writing Program. I received my Ph.D. in History in the spring of 2005.


Summer 2024

Future courses may be subject to change.