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Faculty and Staff

Humanities Faculty

Humanities General Office: AQ 5112
Telephone: 778-782-4094 Fax: 778-782-4504

Eleanor (Ellie) Stebner  

Department Chair
Associate Professor and J.S. Woodsworth Chair
BA (U of A), MDiv (Moravian), MA (Marquette), PhD (Northwestern)

Eleanor Stebner teaches courses on religion, culture, and ideas; taught at the Chicago Theological Seminary and the University of Winnipeg Faculty of Theology before coming to SFU. Publications focus on women and religion, Jane Addams, and movements for social change. She is currently pondering the texts and lives of select Nobel Peace laureates.



Ian Angus
BA, MA Waterloo, PhD York

Ian Angus teaches modern European thought and Canadian intellectual history. He teaches in both these areas in the Humanities Department. In 2007 and 2008 he was Director of the Prague Field School, which is based in the Humanities Department. His intellectual formation began with the 20th century European philosophies of phenomenology and the Frankfurt school of critical theory. His first book, Technique and Enlightenment (1984) probed the historical sources of the ‘instrumental reason’ that legitimates the modern advance of technology and argued for a form of technology assessment that is not only ethical but pertains also to the construction of human identity. A significant turn in Angus’ work occurred when he began a critical engagement with the history of English Canadian social and political thought, which resulted in A Border Within: National Identity, Cultural Plurality and Wilderness (1997), which was widely reviewed in both the academic and popular press. (Dis)figurations: Discourse/Critique/Ethics (2000), Primal Scenes of Communication: Communication, Consumerism, Social Movements (2000), and Emergent Publics: An Essay on Social Movements and Democracy (2001)—have presented his positions with regard to contemporary political philosophy and communication theory. His most recent book Identity and Justice was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2008.



Paul Crowe
Associate Professor (joint appointment with Asia-Canada Program)

BA, MA (Calgary), MA, PhD (UBC)

My teaching is divided between the Department of Humanities and the Asia Canada Program. Humanities courses I teach are principally related to the intellectual and cultural history of China but, given the long history of human mobility in East Asia, can also consider those topics in relation to India and Japan. Courses consider the history of Buddhist, Daoist and literati culture in East Asia with a strong focus on their textual legacies. Insights from these cultural domains are frequently considered in terms of their relevance to contemporary socio-political and, ecological and economic challenges. My Asia Canada teaching focuses on the intersection of identity, culture and migration with attention paid to the history and evolution of multiculturalism public policy and philosophy in Canada.

Research and publication is divided into two areas: Firstly, analysis, interpretation and translation of classical Chinese texts related to self-cultivation. Many of these texts are found in the Ming dynasty Daoist canon; secondly, modern Canadian Buddhist institutions are considered in relation to migration. Research on a major project looking at the practices of spirit-medium groups in Hong Kong and Canada is ongoing.

Publications details at Academia.edu.
AQ 5114


Heather Dawkins
Associate Professor

BFA (NSCAD), MA, PhD (Leeds)

Heather Dawkins is a social historian of art.  She teaches the history of visual art and culture, with a focus on eighteenth and nineteenth-century France and on the history of women’s participation in the visual arts.  She is the author of The Nude in French Art and Culture, 1870-1910, and several articles on the artist Edgar Degas.  Her most recent essay “Degas’s Subjectivity: From Psychoanalysis to the Extended Mind” examines the artist’s studio and creative practice between 1890 and 1912 in relation to questions subjectivity and the concept of the extended mind.  Her current research project examines the making of art and material culture as enhanded cognition, and the implications of this framework for elaborating subjectivity in art history and material culture. 


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Stephen Duguid

BA (Illinois), MA, PhD (SFU)

Areas of Teaching: enlightenment studies, educational evaluation, culture and ecology
Curriculum Vitae
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Paul Edward Dutton, FRSC
Jack and Nancy Farley University Professor in History

B.A. (Hons.) UWO, MA PhD Toronto, MSL MSD Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.

Areas of Teaching: Western Civilization, Medieval Studies, Carolingian Civilization, Twelfth-Century-Renaissance, History of the Book. Research: seven books published, editor of three series. Currently preparing a textbook on western civilization, making a critical edition of William of Conches's twelfth-century Philosophia, and writing a book of micro-medieval studies.

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Anne-Marie Feenberg-Dibon

Graduate Chair

PhD (University of California, San Diego). Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees (University of Paris)
Areas of Teaching: the Enlightenment, 19th & 20th c. European fiction, history

AQ 5111


Samir Gandesha 
Associate Professor

Director, Institute for the Humanities

BA (UBC), MA, PHD (York)

Samir Gandesha is an Associate Professor in the Department of the
Humanities and the Director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon
Fraser University. He specializes in modern European thought and culture, with
a particular emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. His work has appeared in
Political Theory, New German Critique, Kant Studien, Philosophy and Social
Criticism, Topia, the European Legacy, the European Journal of Social Theory,
Art Papers, the Cambridge Companion to Adorno and Herbert Marcuse: A Critical
Reader as well as in several other edited books. He is co-editor with Lars Rensmann of "Arendt and Adorno: Political and Philosophical Investigations" (Stanford, 2012).

His book (coedited with Johan Hartle) "Reification and Spectacle: On the Timeliness of Western Marxism" (University of Amsterdam Press) is forthcoming later this year and he has also recently completed (also with Johan Hartle) "Poetry of the Future: Marx and the Aesthetic." He has recently lectured at the Centre for the Study of Marxist Social Theory at the University of Nanjing, the Taipei Biennale and at the School for Language, Literature and Cultural Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

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Tsuyoshi Kawasaki
Associate Professor 
(Asia Canada Program, joint appointment with Political Science)

LLB (Doshisha), MA (Toronto), MA, PhD (Princeton)

Areas of teaching: Japanese culture, politics and economy, Asia-Canada interaction

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Shuyu Kong
Associate Professor (joint appointment with Asia-Canada Program)
BA and MA, Peking University; Ph.D, University of British Columbia

Before joining Humanities SFU in 2008, Shuyu Kong taught at the University of British Columbia, University of Alberta and University of Sydney. Her teaching areas include Chinese literature, film and popular culture, as well as Asia-Canada Studies. Shuyu’s research interests encompass both Chinese literary and cultural studies and Chinese diaspora studies. Besides numerous articles in referred journals such as Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique, Asian Cinema, China Journal, and Modern Chinese Literature & Culture, Shuyu is the author of two books Consuming Literature: Bestsellers and the Commercialization of Literary Production in Contemporary China (Stanford University Press, 2005), and Popular Media, Social Emotion and Public Discourse in Contemporary China (Routledge, 2014).  She is also co-translator of Beijing Women (with Colin S. Hawes, Merwin Asia, 2013). Shuyu’s current research project focuses on Chinese-language television in Canada.

Publications details at Academia.edu (http://sfu.academia.edu/shuyukong)
homepage (http://www.sfu.ca/~shuyuk/)
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David Mirhady
(On Leave)
BA, MA UBC, PhD Rutgers, in Classics

David Mirhady teaches courses on the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, including Classical Mythology, an Introduction to the Ancient World, and courses on key moments and texts from ancient Athens and Rome. His research interests have mainly focused on ancient Athenian law and rhetoric and on the “School of Aristotle”. He published Influences on Peripatetic Rhetoric in 2007.




Emily O'Brien
Associate Professor
 (joint appointment with History)

BA (UofT), MA, PhD (Brown)

Renaissance Italy is the focus of Emily’s teaching in the Humanities Department and her central field of research. She teaches both lecture and seminar courses on Italian Renaissance art and literature (HUM 211, 311 and 312-W). Her research centers primarily on fifteenth-century Italian humanism and on the extensive writings of Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini (later Pope Pius II, 1458-64). She has published articles on Pius’s literary and historical works and is currently completing her book manuscript on his autobiography and a Latin-English edition of his and other humanists’ novelle. Her new research project focuses on Renaissance Italian historical epics.








Teresa Kirschner

Antonio Gomez-Moriana

Kathy Mezei mezei@sfu.ca

Jan Walls

Jerald Zaslove


Christine Jones MA, PhD (McGill)
Areas of teaching: religion and culture; philosophy of literature

Peter Kingsley




Yosef Wosk

Andre Gerolymatos (Hellenic Studies)

Evdoxios Doxiadis (Hellenic Studies)

Cindy Patton (SocAnth)



Lynn Elen Burton

Publications and Speeches

Dolores Clavero 

Donald Grayston

Laurence Kitching
Thalia-Germanica website 

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Humanities Staff




Alice Muir-Hartley
Manager, Academic & Administrative Services

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Carolyn Richard
Graduate Secretary & Secretary to the Chair
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Katie Nordgren
Undergraduate Advisor
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Advising Hours:
Tues/Thurs/Fri - please email for appointments when possible; drop-ins are subject to availability and may not always be accomodated during busier times.

Students must bring an up-to-date printout of their Advising Transcript (available on the Student Information System) to all advising appointments.




Dr. Eleanor (Ellie) Stebner, Associate Professor




Paul Dutton, Professor

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Anne-Marie Feenberg-Dibon, Professor

AQ 5111

J.S. Woodsworth Chair

Dr. Eleanor (Ellie) Stebner, Associate Professor




Alessandra Capperdoni
BA, MA, Foreign Languages and Literatures (Bologna)
PhD, English,(SFU)

Alesandra teaches courses on modern and contemporary literature, literary and critical theory (semiotics, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, Marxism and Feminism), ancient Greek epic and theatre, and Italian Renaissance poetry and art.

She is currently working on a book manuscript, Shifting Geographies: Poetics of Citizenship in the Age of Global Modernity. A second project examines the role of literature and culture in relation to war and violence. Articles have appeared in Translation Effects: The Making of Modern Canadian Culture; Tracing the Line: Reflections on Contemporary Poetics and Cultural Politics in Honour of Roy Miki; Trans/acting Culture, Writing, and Memory: Essays in Honour of Barbara Godard; Cultural Grammars of Nation, Diaspora, and Indigeneity in Canada; Translating from the Margins/ Traduire des marges; Convergence and Divergence in North America: Canada and the United States; and the journals Canadian Literature Journal, Open Letter, TTR: Traduction, traductologie, redaction, and West Coast Line.




Gordan Djurdjevic

Gordan Djurdjevic holds a PhD from the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia. He is co-editor of the anthology of critical studies Occultism in a Global Perspective (Acumen, 2013), and the author of Masters of Magical Powers: The Nath Yogis in the Light of Esoteric Notions (VDM, 2008); India and the Occult: The Influence of South Asian Spirituality on Modern Western Occultism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014); and Sayings of Gorakhnath (Oxford University Press, forthcomining).


Wayne Knights


Wayne Knights has taught a variety of courses in the Humanities; he has also taught history extensively at both the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser Programs in Federal Prisons. His interests include European Intellectual History and the problem of historical time.


Niall Mackenzie

Niall MacKenzie holds an undergraduate degree in History from Washington and Lee University and a doctorate in English from the University of Cambridge, where he was among the last research students to be supervised by the late Howard Erskine-Hill.  Before coming to SFU, he was a Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UBC.

Niall’s publications on literary-historical matters have appeared in a number of journals and edited collections, including Scottish Gaelic Studies, Éigse, Studia Neophilologica, The Review of English Studies, and The Age of Johnson.  He is a grandson of Kate MacKenzie (Caitrìona Uilleim Iain mhic Artair, 1876-1979), a noted Cape Breton Island tradition bearer.


Antone Minard

Born and raised in San Diego, Antone received his PhD in folklore and mythology from UCLA.  His specialty is Celtic languages and literature.

After completing his PhD, he lived for a while in Aberystwyth, Wales, where he was a research fellow at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies and contributed to An Atlas for Celtic Studies: Archaeology and Names in Ancient Europe and Early Medieval Britain and Brittany as well as an ecyclopedia called Celtic Culture. Locally, he works with the Centre for Scottish Studies and offers a Welsh language course through the Vancouver Welsh Society.

Beyond Celtic studies, he has a strong interest in other traditions' folk narrative (myths, legends and folktales) and folk beliefs -- especially superstitions and beliefs about the natural world. He is also a book collector.



Michael Newton

Michael Newton's connection with Japan started when, at age 12, he joined a Japanese martial arts class at a local YMCA. "That class began a journey which shaped th rest of my life," he says. He lived for about nine years in Japan, first as a martial arts student, then as a graduate student studying Japanese religions, and finally as a teacher and translator.

His area of specialty is Japanese culture and religion, but he is also interested in Japanese aesthetics and art. He has taught undergraduate courses at SFU on Japanese history and culture, Asian Studies, Buddhism, Zen, and other religious studies. Recentlly, he finished writing a chapter on Japanese religions in British Columbia for a book on Asian religions in BC which will be published by UBC Press.

Michael Newton is an ordained Zen Buddhist priest and a member of a meditation group in Vancouver.


Brook Pearson

I like to call myself an 'interdisciplinary philosopher' -- my PhD work was originally oriented entirely towards New Testament studies, but the process took me latrally into phenomological philosophy, and more broadly into classical civilization. Since undergoing that process in the late 90s I taught in the UK from 1997 to 2004 and have been teaching at SFU in Humanities.

Philosophically speaking, although I have a great deal of appreciation for Wittgenstein, my general touchstones are found in non-Anglo-American philosophy, particularly Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze and Guattari. In the ancient world, I'm particularly interested in Plato and Stoicism and the social and political contexts in which these philosophies were embedded.