Our people

With over 20 faculty members spread over nine departments across campus, the range of specialties we offer is remarkable—from vampires and the ancient world to horror, gender studies, action movies and queer cinema, to name a few.

Our faculty also specializes in films from Africa, Germany, Russia, Southeast Asia, Japan, the Caribbean, Quebec, France, Italy and China, as well as other destinations. 

Department of Art History & Visual Studies

Astri Wright

Astri Wright

Professor
Bollywood: popular visual culture in India (1950s-present), and the Indian Diaspora (1980-present)
Mitch Parry

Mitch Parry

Sessional instructor
Film aesthetics, apocalyptic film, international cinema, documentary, avant-garde film, slow cinema
Lianne McLarty

Lianne McLarty

Associate professor
Film theory and criticism, cultural studies, and feminist theory

Department of English

Lincoln Shlensky

Lincoln Shlensky

Assistant professor
Postcolonialism, Caribbean literature and film, cultural and film studies, and Victorian literature

Department of French

Sada Niang

Sada Niang

Professor
Linguistics, semantics, African and Caribbean literatures, African cinema
Emile Fromet

Emile Fromet

Assistant professor
Post-Enlightenment French and comparative literature, Romanticism, modernist poetics, digital humanities

Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies

Serhy Yekelchyk

Serhy Yekelchyk

Associate Professor
Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies
Helga Thorson

Helga Thorson

Associate Professor
Modernist German and Austrian literature, gender studies, history of medicine, and Holocaust studies
Charlotte Schallié

Charlotte Schallié

Assistant Professor
Post-1945 German, Swiss and Austrian literature and film, after-images of the Holocaust in literature and film
Olga Pressitch

Olga Pressitch

Senior Instructor
Ukrainian language and culture; Eastern European cinema
Matt Pollard

Matt Pollard

Senior instructor
German language, literature, film and culture
Peter Gölz

Peter Gölz

Associate Professor
Popular culture, German film, vampires, cultural theory

Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies

Dan Russek

Dan Russek

Associate professor
20th & 21st century Latin American literature, visual arts, aesthetics and urban studies, literature and philosophy
Christine Forster

Christine Forster

Continuing sessional instructor
Spanish language, Latin American culture and film
Silvia Colás Cardona

Silvia Colás Cardona

Senior instructor
Spanish language, Hispanic culture, civilization, film
Maria Bettaglio

Maria Bettaglio

Assistant Professor
20th century Spanish and Italian literature, critical theory, translation theory, gender studies

School of Music

Anita Bonkowski

Anita Bonkowski

Sessional lecturer
Theory, film music, jazz studies

Department of Pacific and Asian Studies

Timothy Iles

Timothy Iles

Professor
Japanese narrative and cinema
Michael Bodden

Michael Bodden

Professor
Indonesian-Malay language, Southeast Asian culture & literature, Indonesian theatre & literature, Southeast Asian cinema, graphic narratives

Department of Gender Studies

Heather Tapley

Heather Tapley

Associate Professor
Gender Studies
Waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy

Waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy

Lecturer
Anishinaabe knowledges, Indigenous land-based practices, gender and decolonization

Department of Writing

Kevin Kerr

Kevin Kerr

Associate Professor
Stage, screen, collaborative creation, site-specific theatre, multi-media performance.
Daniel Hogg

Daniel Hogg

Academic Assistant
Film production, screenwriting, cinematography, digital media
Connor Gaston

Connor Gaston

Sessional Instructor
Writing
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Maureen Bradley

Maureen Bradley

Associate Professor
Film production, experimental film, drama, documentary, Canadian and Queer media arts