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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, ideas, and peace; taught at the Chicago Theological Seminary and the University of Winnipeg before coming to SFU in 2005. Publications focus on women and religion, Jane Addams, and movements for social change. She is part of a research team (SSHRC Insight Grant 2012) studying neighbourhood houses in Vancouver, and continues to study John Amos Comenius, select Nobel Peace prize laureates, and ecclesiastical apologies.



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.

Ian's present research is focused on a manuscript tentatively entitled "Phenomenology and the Recovery of Value: The New Crisis of the (European) Sciences" which has been supported by the Dean of Arts and Social Sciences (SFU) Shadbolt Fellowship (2012) and the SSHRC (Grant # 435-2012-0209). I currently have about 400 pages in manuscript. Several parts have been published independently and read at conferences.



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.
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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. 

Heather's current research examines studio practices, enhanded cognition, and subjectivity in relation to the art of Edgar Degas and in relation to contemporary practices of making art by hand.  The focus on Degas arises from my expertise in the art and print culture of late-nineteenth-century France; the focus on contemporary practices arises from a desire to account for the persistence of the hand-made in an era of artistic digitization, outsourcing, and deskilling. 


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Stephen Duguid

BA (Illinois), MA, PhD (SFU)

I am engaged with two writing projects. "Modernity Has A Temperature" is a follow up to my 2010 book Nature in Modernity. This is a fast moving field of scholarship and I am hoping to begin serious writing by June 2015.

I have for several years taught courses in 'Autobiography' in the GLS Program and that has resulted in my second writing project, a Memoir based on my life. The degree to which this will be "scholarly" is yet to be revealed, but at well over 400 pages it is well on its way to something. A key component is the attempt to link episodes, events and anxieties revealed in my life writing to the issues raised by the many authors I have encountered in the Humanities and Liberal Studies texts that I have taught over the past 40 years.

Areas of Teaching: enlightenment studies, educational evaluation, culture and ecology


Curriculum Vitae
AQ 5116


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

PhD (University of California, San Diego). Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees (University of Paris)

My main scholarly interests in the field of comparative literature has been the theory of the novel. Over the years, I have given presentations on my research at numerous academic conferences, several of which were  published as articles. My main theoretical interest lies in understanding the relation between the novel and society generally. However, this involves understanding the relation between form and value in the novel, which I believe is essential to ground the interpretation of fiction. I rely on the work done in critical theory, among others, by Lukács, the Frankfurt School, Bakhtin and Todorov, who bring to bear formal approaches to further their understanding of the mediations between the novel and the wider historical context

I give a yearly paper on this research, the latest two entitled, “Adorno and Kafka” (2014) and  “Walter Benjamin on Goethe’s ‘Die Wahlverwandtschaften.’ (2015)  This article is under review for publication.

I plan to give a talk on Walter Benjamin and Proust in May 2016 at the Rome Critical Theory Conference.

Areas of Teaching: the Enlightenment, 19th & 20th c. European fiction, history

Publications:translation of book by Marcel Hénaff, The City in the Making (La cité à venire), October 2015, Rowman and Littlefield, London, New-York.
translation of book by Michel Serres, Eyes, (Yeux), October 2015, Bloomsbury
translation of book by Augustin Berque, Poétique de la Terre, 2014 Belin, Paris

AQ 5111


Samir Gandesha 
Associate Professor

Director, Institute for the Humanities

Graduate Chair

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.

AQ 5113


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

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

Tsuyoshi Kawasaki is an associate professor cross-appointed with the Departments of Political Science and Humanities. He specializes in International Relations generally and Japanese foreign policy in particular.  His ongoing research projects attempt to bridge the field of Japanese diplomatic history and International Relations theory. His additional research interests include international relations of the Asia-Pacific region (including Japan’s relations with Canada and the United States), grand strategy, and international security.

His academic and professional activities spread over Japan and Canada (North America). He is currently preparing a few book manuscripts in English and in Japanese. Beyond academic research, he has worked on various policy-related projects with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Foreign Affairs Canada, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and other public policy organizations, as well as with media organizations such as Asahi Shimbun

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

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Shuyu Kong (on leave Sept 16 - May 17)
Professor (joint appointment with Asia-Canada Program)
BA and MA, Peking University; Ph.D, University of British Columbia

Jointly appointed in Humanities and Asia-Canada Program, Shuyu Kong teaches and researches in Chinese literary and cultural studies and Asian Diaspora studies. In the past 5 years she has published a book studying the “affective communication” in the consumption of Chinese popular culture and new media (Popular Media, Social Emotion and Public Discourse in Contemporary China, Routledge, 2014), co-translated one collection of short stories from Chinese (Beijing Women, Merwin Asia, 2014) and a dozen refereed journal articles and book chapters on a wide variety of topics. Currently she is working on a research project on the development of ethnic/diasporic media in Canada under the influence of immigration, multiculturalism policy and media globalization. This study, which is supported by a SSHRC 4A grant (2013-2015), combines perspectives and approaches from Asian studies and Asian Canadian studies, thus fills a methodological gap in cross-cultural research. The discoveries have been published in three journal articles and book chapters, and will also result in a book (under contract with Brill) tentatively entitled "Between the Local and Global: Chinese Language Media in Canada". As an extension of this research interest, Shuyu co-organized a two-day workshop in 2014 at SFU on “Chinese Mobilities and Canada”, with Professor Lloyd Wong (University of Calgary) and Professor Paul Crowe. The workshop brought together a dozen scholars in the field from the United States and Canada and outcomes included an edited volume of selected papers to be published by UBC Press. 

Shuyu Kong is also actively involved in international research exchanges and collaborations. She was a visiting fellow at International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University (2013), School of Culture, History & Language, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australia National University (2012) and School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong (2011). In the summer of 2015, she was invited to teach as guest lecturer for the Summer Institute, School of Media and International Culture, Zhejiang University, China. She has just received a prestigious Taiwan Fellowship and will visit National Chengchi University for 3 months in 2016. 

Publications details at Academia.edu (http://sfu.academia.edu/shuyukong)
homepage (http://www.sfu.ca/~shuyuk/)
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David Mirhady

Undergraduate Chair

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 mainly focus on ancient Athenian law and rhetoric and on the “School of Aristotle”. In 2011 he published in each of these areas: A New Working Bibliography of Ancient Greek Law (with Mark Sundahl and Ilias Arnaoutoglou), a new edition and translation of the Rhetoric to Alexander for the Loeb Classical Library , and a volume on Praxiphanes of Mytilene and Chamaeleon of Heraclea (with Andrea Martano and Elisabetta Matelli) for the series Rutgers University Studies in Classical Humanities . A volume on Phaenias of Eresus (with Oliver Hellmann) is appearing in the same series in 2015, as is a chapter on " Problemata 29 and Athenian Law," in The Aristotelian Problemata: Philosophical & Scientific Investigations. 







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 

Mary-Ann Stouck





































































































































































Humanities Staff




Alice Muir-Hartley
Manager, Academic & Administrative Services

AQ 5115




Carolyn Richard
Graduate Secretary & Secretary to the Chair
AQ 5112





Katie Nordgren
Undergraduate Advisor
AQ 5116


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




David Mirhady, Professor

AQ 5127


Samir Gandeshat, Associate Professor

HCC3150 (Inst. for Humanities)

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.