Faculty Success Stories

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Maria Hupfield is co-curator of the Tree Protection Zone installation series on the future Indigenous Landscape project, by Hart House. Well done, Maria!

Melissa Gniadek’s book, Oceans at Home: Maritime and Domestic Fictions in Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Writing (University of Massachusetts Press, 2021) has been published. Congratulations Melissa!

Congratulations to Melissa Gniadek, and Terry Robinson on their tenure and promotion to Associate Professor!

On April 29, 2021 Professor Alexandra Gillespie was installed as the 10th Principal of the University of Toronto Mississauga.  View a recording of the live premiere here.

Congratulations to Melissa Gniadek on publishing a book chapter, “Pym, Mammoth Cave, and (Pre)Histories of the U.S. Interior,” in Decolonizing “Prehistory”: Deep Time and Indigenous Knowledges in North America, ed. Gesa Mackenthun and Christen Mucher (University of Arizona Press, 2021), 71-88.

Melissa Gniadek’s “Sentimental Premonitions and Antebellum Spectacle” appeared in Apocalypse in American Literature and Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2020) a collection of essays edited by John Hay. Well done, Melissa!

Congratulations to Jacob Gallagher-Ross and Lawrence Switzky, co-founders of the UTM Centre for New Theatre. Check out "Murder and madness: UTM students explore infamous Cecil Hotel in new audio drama" to read about a collaboration among Governor General's Award-winning playwright David Yee, Factory Theatre Artistic Director Nina Lee Aquino, and students from the TDS Program in E&D!

Congratulations to Melissa Gniadek, along with Xine Yao (UCL), who received a University College London–University of Toronto Joint Research Projects and Exchange Activities Grant on the topic “Settler Colonialism in Global Contexts,” 2019-20. 

Congratulations to Daniel Wright on being elected to the Delegate Assembly of the Modern Language Association as regional delegate for New England & Eastern Canada, 2021-22!

Congratulations to Avery Slater on being elected to the Transdisciplinary Connections in Digital Humanities Committee of the Modern Language Association, 2021-22!

Congratulations to Jacob Gallagher-Ross on publishing a new article, "Twilight of the Idols," about the artist Deanna Bowen's art exhibition-as-theatrical-exposé, God of Gods: A Canadian Play. The article appears in Theater 50.3 (November 2020): 29-47. 

Terry Robinson has received a UTM Research and Scholarly Activity Fund grant, 2021-22. Well done, Terry!

Congratulations, Alexandra Gillespie, on finishing The Unfinished Book (Oxford University Press, 2021)! This collection of essays, which Alex co-edited with Deidre Lynch, includes Alex's chapter, "Turk's-Head Knots." And further congratulations on her essay, "Books and Booklessness in Chaucer's England," which has been published in The Oxford Handbook of Chaucer (Oxford University Press, 2020).

Anjuli Raza Kolb's book Epidemic Empire: Colonialism, Contagion, and Terror, 1817-2020 (University of Chicago Press, 2020) has been published. Congratulations, Anjuli!

Dan White's article, "The Case of the Nocturnal Amanuenses: New Evidence in the Wat Tyler Affair," came out in Modern Philology 118.2 (November 2020): 277-303. A 200-year-old mystery solved!

Congratulations to Daniel Wright on his Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant (2020-21) for his new book project, "The Grounds of the Novel"!

Congratulations to Mari Ruti on being elected to the Psychoanalysis Committee of the Modern Language Association, 2020-21! 

Brent Wood has published a book on The Grateful Dead! Congratulations, Brent, on The Tragic Odes of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead: Mystery Dances in the Magic Theater (Routledge, 2020).

Congratulations to Governor General's Award-winning poet Richard Greene, whose new biography of the novelist Graham Greene is being published in 2020 in the UK by Little, Brown as Russian Roulette: The Life and Times of Graham Greene and in North America by Norton as The Unquiet Englishman.

Chris Koenig-Woodyard's "Monsters, Mutants, and Mongrels: The Mixed-Race Hero in Monstress" appeared in Mixed-Race Superheroes, a collection of essays edited by Eric Berlatsky and Sika Dagbovie-Mullins (Rutgers University Press, 2020). Congratulations, Chris!

Huge congrats to Larry Switzky on the following publications: co-edited with Brett Gamboa, Shakespeare's Things: Shakespearean Theatre and the Non-Human World in History, Theory, and Performance (Routledge, 2019); co-authored with Veronika Ambros, "Hungry for Interpretation: Woyzeck on the Highveld and the Polyphony of Performance," Theatralia 22.2 (2019): 39-58; "Tadeusz Kantor and the Early Directorial Avant-Garde: Craig, Schlemmer, Meyerhold," in Theatermachine: Tadeusz Kantor in Context (Northwestern UP, 2020), 202-16; "ELIZA Effects: Pygmalion and the Early Development of Artificial Intelligence," SHAW: The Journal of Bernard Shaw Studies 40.1 (2020): 50-68.

In 2019, Jacob Gallagher-Ross was the content consultant for Crash Course Theater, the wildly popular fifty-episode web series about theatre history from the Crash Course and PBS Digital Studios. These videos have been watched by hundreds of thousands of theatre fans on Youtube. Congratulations, Jacob!

Holger Syme's "A Sharers' Repertory" appeared in Rethinking Theatrical Documents in Shakespeare's England (London: Arden Shakespeare/Bloomsbury, 2019), 33-51, a collection of essays edited by Tiffany Stern. Congrats, Holger!

Mari Ruti's book Critical Theory Between Klein and Lacan: A Dialogue, with Amy Allen (New York: Bloomsbury, 2019) came out. Congratulations, Mari!

Congratulations to Liza Blake on her digital scholarly edition, "Margaret Cavendish's Poems and Fancies," which appeared in 2019. Read more about it here!

Chris Koenig-Woodyard's "The Bone Clocks and the Mud of Humanity: The Anthropocene Bildungsroman" appeared in David Mitchell: Contemporary Critical Perspectives, a collection of essays edited by W. Knepper and C. Hopf (London, Bloomsbury: 2019), pages 149-63.

Daniel Wright's article "Thomas Hardy’s Groundwork" appeared in PMLA 134.5 (Oct. 2019): 1028-41. Congratulations!

Fellowships and Awards

Terry Robinson, awarded a Research and Scholarly Activity Fund grant, 2021-22

Daniel Wright, awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant, 2020-23

Alexandra Gillespie, awarded a Research and Scholarly Activity Fund grant, 2020-21.

Anjuli Raza Kolb, awarded a Connaught New Researcher Award, 2019-20

Avery Slater, awarded a Connaught New Researcher Award, 2019-20

Anna Thomas, awarded a Connaught New Researcher Award, 2019-20

Alexandra Gillespie, lead investigator, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant for "The Book and the Silk Roads," 2019–21

Alexandra Gillespie, collaborator, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant for "Early Modern Map of London," 2018–21

Alexandra Gillespie, awarded a Research and Scholarly Activity Fund grant, 2018-20

Liza Blake, awarded a Folger Long-Term Fellowship, 2018-19

Larry Switzky, winner of UTM's E.A. Robinson Teaching Excellence Award, 2017

Terry Robinson, "Becoming Somebody: Refashioning the Body Politic in Mary Robinson’s Nobody," winner of the Annibel Jenkins Prize for the Best Article in Performance and Theatre Studies and the Percy G. Adams Prize for the Best Article on an Eighteenth-Century Subject, 2017

Mari Ruti, The Ethics of Opting Out: Queer Theory's Defiant Subjects (Columbia UP, 2017), nominated for a Lambda Award

Melissa Gniadek, awarded a Connaught New Researcher Award, 2016–18. 

Daniel Wright, awarded the John C. Polanyi Prize for Literature by the Ontario Council of Universities, 2016

Jacob Gallagher-Ross, "Mediating the Method," winner of the American Theatre and Drama Society's Vera Mowry Roberts Award for the best article of the year, 2016

Jacob Gallagher-Ross, winner (with his colleague Miriam Felton-Dansky) of the American Society for Theater Research's Collaborative Research Award, 2016

Alexandra Gillespie, awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant for "Digital Tools for Manuscript Study," 2015-18 

Alexandra Gillespie, awarded a Research and Scholarly Activity Fund grant, 2015-16

Melissa Gniadek, awarded the Richard Beale Davis Prize for the best essay published in Early American Literature, 2015 for “Mary Howard’s Mark: Children’s Literature and the Scales of Reading the Pacific,” Early American Literature 50.3, Fall 2015. 797–826. 

Chester Scoville, awarded an Early Career Teaching Fellowship, 2015

Alexandra Gillespie, principal investigator, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant, 2014-15

Dan White, awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant, 2013-17

Melissa Gniadek received an honorable mention for the Norman Foerster Prize for the best essay published in American Literature, 2014 for “Seriality and Settlement: Southworth, Lippard, and The Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley,” American Literature 86.1, March 2014. 31–59. 

Alexandra Gillespie, principal investigator, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant, 2013-14

Alexandra Gillespie, awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant, 2011-15

Alexandra Gillespie, principal investigator, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant, 2010-13

Richard Greene, Boxing the Compass, winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry, 2010

Alexandra Gillespie, awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Aid to Research Workshops and Conferences Grant, 2009-10

Colin Hill, awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Strategic Knowledge Clusters Grant, 2008-15

Dan White, awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant, 2008-11

Alexandra Gillespie, awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant, 2007-09

Chris Koenig-Woodyard, Recipient, Undergraduate Teaching Award, Students' Administrative Council-Association of Part-Time Undergraduate Studies, University of Toronto, 2006

Alexandra Gillespie, awarded a Connaught New Staff Matching Grant, 2005-08

Geoff Bouvier, awarded the APR/Honickman Prize for an outstanding first book of poetry, 2005

Colin Hill, awarded a Connaught New Staff Matching Grant, 2005-2006

Colin Hill, awarded a Connaught New Researcher Award, 2004-2005

Dan White, awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant, 2003-2006

Dan White, awarded a Connaught New Staff Matching Grant, 2001-2002