Professor Alexandra GillespieVice President and Principal Alexandra Gillespie

Professor Alexandra Gillespie holds a DPhil and MSt in English from the University of Oxford, and a BA (Hons) in English from the Victoria University of Wellington. Her scholarship is interdisciplinary in nature and explores medieval literary studies and book history, with a specific focus on the development of book technologies around the premodern globe.

Professor Gillespie has made a significant impact since joining the University of Toronto in 2004. She founded the Jackman Humanities Institute’s tri-campus Digital Humanities Network, served UTM as a Vice-Presidential Special Advisor in research, and was chair of the UTM Department of English and Drama from 2016 to 2020. Professor Gillespie directs the Old Books New Science Lab and acts as a principal investigator to UofT’s Institutional Strategic Initiative on Global Book Science. In addition to her broad involvement in academic initiatives across the University, Professor Gillespie is known for her exceptional work in the classroom, which was recognized in 2010 with the University of Toronto Mississauga Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award.


The Vice President and Principal of the University of Toronto Mississauga is the Chief Executive Officer of the campus and reports to the President of the University of Toronto with respect to overall campus management, and to the Vice President and Provost with respect to matters of academic appointments, programming and budget.