Dr. Kim McLean-Fiander

Dr. Kim McLean-Fiander
Assistant Teaching Professor & AWR Adviser
Office: CLE D235

BA (Lethbridge), MA (Alberta), MSt and DPhil (Oxford)

Area of expertise

Academic writing, early modern literature, book history, women writers, digital humanities

Kim McLean-Fiander teaches literature and academic writing courses. At UVic and elsewhere (Oxford, Advanced Studies in England (Bath), U of Alberta, Stonehill College (MA)), she has taught Shakespeare, early modern women’s writing, introductory literature and composition courses, text encoding, critical commentary, survey courses, Victorian poetry, Canadian Literature, as well as political sociology and women’s studies courses. Her first-year literature courses (ENGL 146/ENSH 101) often address social justice issues about the environment, Indigenous lives, immigrant experience, race, class, gender, sexuality, or war. She is grateful to have received a Strategic Initiative Indigenous Grant in 2023 to further her work on Indigenizing and decolonizing her first-year literature courses.

She is Co-Director of the award-winning Oxford-based Women’s Early Modern Letters Online (WEMLO), a freely available British Academy-funded catalogue of women’s correspondence from c. 1400-1700. Prior to WEMLO, she worked as Digital Editor of Early Modern Letters Online (EMLO) at the University of Oxford. She has also held various positions, including Director of Pedagogy and Outreach, with UVic’s The Map of Early Modern London (MoEML) project.

As a Commonwealth Scholar and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow, she studied at the University of Oxford, where she focused on early modern women’s paratext. While in England, she worked as a Senior Library Assistant for the Bodleian Libraries and as a freelance editor. On this side of the pond, she has been an intern (manuscripts), a participant in an NEH Summer Institute (Early Modern Digital Agendas), and visiting faculty in an NEH Folger Institute (Teaching Shakespeare to Undergraduates) at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.

Her research interests include writing pedagogy, early modern letters, women writers, book history (particularly paratext), maps, and digital humanities.