Faculty & Instructors

Program Director

Professor Nelson Wiseman | Department of Political Science

Prof. Nelson Wiseman specializes in the study of Canadian government and politics. His books include The Public Intellectual in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2013), In Search of Canadian Political Culture (UBC Press, 2007) – designated by Choice in 2009 as an Outstanding Academic Title – and Social Democracy in Manitoba (University of Manitoba Press, 1983). Journals in which he has published include Canadian Journal of Political Science, Canadian Historical Review, Canadian Public Policy, Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, Journal of Canadian Studies, Canadian Ethnic Studies, National Journal of Constitutional Law and American Review of Canadian Studies. His article, "The Character and Strategy of the Manitoba CCF, l943-l959," was republished in 2013 as one of the best articles in Prairie Forum in its first 38 years of publication.

He has appeared as an invited witness at the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, the House of Commons Procedure and House Affairs Committee, and the Standing Committee of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. In 2010, he authored an invited brief on Canada’s fixed-election date laws for the United Kingdom House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution. A columnist for The Hill Times, Canada’s politics and government newsweekly, he fields many calls from local, national, and international media on Canadian federal, provincial, and municipal politics. 


Professor Smaro Kamboureli, Avie Bennett Chair in Canadian Literature | Department of English

Smaro Kamboureli specializes in contemporary Canadian literature and criticism. Before joining the University of Toronto, she taught at the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph where she was Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier 1 in Critical Studies in Canadian Literature. Her CRC research project included founding and directing the TransCanada Institute (www.transcanadas.ca), organizing three international and interdisciplinary TransCanada conferences, and initiating collaborative research on the methodologies and institutional structures and contexts that inform and shape the production, dissemination, teaching, and study of Canadian literature. Before moving to Guelph, she taught for many years at the University of Victoria where she served as Director of the English graduate program and as the first Associate Dean Research in the Humanities. The recipient of various research grants, she has had her work translated in Portuguese, Japanese, Italian, and Polish and she was a guest professor in Germany and India. On the Board of NeWest Press (Edmonton) and one of its in-house editors since 1981, she is the founder and editor of its series The Writer as Critic (https://newestpress.com/category/writer_as_critic) that has published such Canadian authors as Phyllis Webb, Roy Miki, Fred Wah, Erin Moure, Di Brandt, Daphne Marlatt, and George Bowering. She is also the founder and general editor of the TransCanada Series of books at Wilfrid Laurier University Press (http://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/Series/TC.shtml). Her book Scandalous Bodies: Diasporic Literature in English Canada received the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Canadian Criticism, and she was a finalist for the 2011 Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence (Book Publishers of Alberta Association) and Tom Fairley Award For Editorial Excellence (Editors’ Association of Canada). Her most recent publications include Writing the Foreign in Canadian Literature and Humanitarian Narratives, a University of Toronto Quarterly special issue that she guest-edited, with an Introduction under the same title (Volume 82, Number 2, Spring 2013).


Richard Charles Lee Chair in Chinese Canadian Studies

Associate Professor Lisa Mar | Department of History
CDN230H1 | Asian Canadian History
CDN267H1 | Canadian Nationalisms
CDN390H1 | Chinese Canadian Studies

Lisa Mar specializes in modern Canadian and U.S. socio-political history, particularly immigration and ethnicity, and especially the experiences of Asian Canadians and Asian Americans. Her research focuses on Chinese Canadians and Chinese Americans, their relations with their neighbors, and relations between global and local multicultural experiences in Canada.

Mar’s first book, Brokering Belonging: Chinese in Canada’s Exclusion Era, 1885-1945 (Oxford University Press, 2010), exemplifies her blending of Canadian and Pacific World Studies by tracing how community leaders’ political struggles to represent Chinese Canadians’ concerns to Canadian institutions revealed a Canada deeply embedded in a Pacific World that joined China, the United States, and the British Empire.

Brokering Belonging’s innovative re-imagining of early Chinese Canadians as influential political actors in Canada earned the Association for Asian American Studies History Book Award (2011), Honorable Mention for the Albert B. Corey Prize for best book in US-Canadian history from the American Historical Association and the Canadian Historical Association (2011), and a nomination for the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction (2010).

Mar is currently working on two book projects: an historical study of ethnic Chinese Confucianism in Canada and the United States during the 19th and 20th century, and a comparative history of Chinese in Canada and in the United States during the Second World War.

She currently teaches courses in Canadian Studies and in Canadian history, with emphases on Asian Canadian studies, immigration, race, and ethnicity, Chinese Canadian studies, and global Chinese migrations and diasporas. 


Associate Professor Emily Gilbert | Department of Geography 
CDN268H1 | Canada and Globalization
CDN368H1 | Canada's Borders

Dr. Emily Gilbert is a geographer specializing in the study of culture, politics, and economics as they relate to Canadian identity. She is the co-editor of Nation-States and Money: The Past, Present and Future of National Currencies (Routledge 1999), and of War, Citizenship, Territory (Routledge 2008). She has also recently published articles in the Annals  of the Association of American Geographers; Economy and Society; the International Journal of Canadian Studies, and Current Anthropology. Her current research revolves around issues related to citizenship, borders, security, economy, nation-states, and globalization. She is particularly interested in the way that North American geopolitical relations are being reshaped, and how the idea of risk -- both economic and social -- has been used to discipline behaviour and promote new forms of citizenship. This work also considers the securitization of the region, with a focus on changing border practices and policies. Other aspects of her research address the social, cultural, and political dimensions of money, from the cultural values inscribed on national currencies, to the proposals for a North American Monetary Union, to general theories of money and exchange. While much of the above work interrogates the concept of the nation-state, Dr. Gilbert continue to be fascinated by visual and literary representations, and has examined urban and wilderness narratives with a special emphasis on Canadian national identity and belonging.


Lecturer Dr. Scott Rayter | University College

JSU325H1 | Queerly Canadian

Scott Rayter obtained his Ph.D. in English from the University of Toronto in 2003, writing on He Who Laughs Last: Comic Representations of AIDS under the supervision of Linda Hutcheon. He has published articles and presented conference papers on AIDS-related and other queer literature. He has taught courses in Canadian and American literature and contemporary poetry for U of T's Department of English. He has also taught in the Sexual Diversity Studies since its beginnings, including the program's introductory course, optional courses in literary and filmic representations of AIDS, and a course cross-listed between Sexual Diversity Studies and Canadian Studies called Queerly Canadian. He was the Acting Director in 2003-04, and is currently the Associate Director of the SDS program. He is presently serving on the Steering Committee of the Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, and most recently he co-curated and wrote the catalogue for Queer Can Lit, an exhibtion of books, journals, zines, and photos at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. He is also the co-editor of Queerly Canadian: An Introductory Reader in Sexuality Studies (Canadian Scholars' Press).


Senior Lecturer Rick Salutin | University College
CDN221H1 | Culture and the Media in Canada
CDN420Y1 | Senior Essay

Rick Salutin is a well-known cultural and media analyst, as well as novelist and playwright. His non-fiction books include Waiting for Democracy: A Citizen's Journal (1989) and Keeping the Public in Public Education (2012). In 2012 he was the winner of the Lamp of Learning Award presented by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation. He also writes a weekly column in the Toronto Star. Check out the column at TheStar.com.


Andrew Kettler received his doctorate from the History Department at the University of South Carolina in May of 2017 for his dissertation, "Odor and Power in the Americas: Olfactory Consciousness from Columbus to Emancipation." His research and teaching concentration is on North American Cultural History, the Atlantic World, and the History of Slavery. Prior to entering the Graduate School at South Carolina, Andrew received his M.A. in History from the University of Nebraska-Omaha for his thesis, “The Deconstruction of European Odorphobia on the Sensory Border of the American Frontier.” He continues to research the use of olfactory language in the making of racial, class, and gendered metaphors that were used to assert forms of state, religious, and patriarchal power during the Enlightenment. Andrew has recently published some of these original findings in Senses and Society and the Journal of American Studies. He has also published numerous book reviews, and will shortly publish two chapters within upcoming edited collections. In recent years, Andrew has presented at numerous academic conferences including: the Popular Culture Association, the British Association for American Studies, the History of Science Society, the Southern Historical Association, and the American Comparative Literature Association. His research has been funded through an Atkinson-Wyatt Fellowship, a Ceny Walker Fellowship, and a Wilfred and Rebecca Calcott Award. During the 2016-2017 academic year, Andrew completed graduate research and writing using funding provided from the Bilinski Educational Foundation. 



Dr. Frank Bialystok
CDN280H1 | Canadian Jewish History
CDN380H1 | Socio-cultural Perspective of the Canadian Jewish Community

Dr. Bialystok received his B.A. from the University of Waterloo in 1968.  He then travelled in Europe and Asia for over a year and obtained a B.Ed. from the University of Toronto in 1972.  He taught history at the Toronto Board of Education until 1987.  During that time, he earned an M.A. in History at York University (1979). In 1987-8, Dr. Bialystok was a visiting scholar at Oxford University, and returned to formal studies at York in 1991.  In 1997, he received a Ph.D. in History.  Since 1988, he has been an education consultant for several ministries, boards of education, and Jewish organizations, specializing in anti-racist education.  He is also the owner and partner of several property management and development companies.

Frank Bialystok’s fields of academic research are the Holocaust, the Canadian Jewish Community, and Polish Jews in the Twentieth Century.  He is a sessional lecturer at York University and the University of Toronto, and Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Waterloo, teaching Nineteenth Century European History and Modern Jewish History.  In total, he has taught nine different courses at the university level.  In 2001, he was the inaugural scholar-in-residence in Canadian Jewish Studies at Concordia.  Dr. Bialystok has lectured in academic conferences and universities in eight countries on four continents, and speaks in academic and community settings on a regular basis.  His doctoral dissertation was published as:  Delayed Impact: The Holocaust and the Canadian Jewish Community (McGill-Queens’ University Press, 2000), which won the Tannenbaum Prize in Canadian Jewish History and was nominated for the Governor-General’s Award in non-fiction.  He has written approximately twenty academic papers and chapters, curriculum guides, and articles in the popular press including The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail.  Most recently Bialystok wrote fourteen entries on prominent Canadian Jews for The Encyclopedia Judaica.

Dr. Emily Greenleaf
CDN 405H1 | The University in Canada (not offered in 2015 / 2016)

Emily Greenleaf is the Research Officer, Teaching & Learning in the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto. In this role, she supports new and ongoing initiatives in postsecondary teaching and learning, programs, and policy in the Faculty of Arts & Science. Emily holds a PhD in Higher Education from OISE/UT; her studies there focused on teaching and learning and the undergraduate student experience, as well as on the history and current state of higher education in Canada. Emily teaches an undergraduate course on the Canadian University in the Canadian Studies program at University College. She has also taught as a lecturer in the Vic One Ryerson stream and in courses on academic writing.

Dr. Pamela Gravestock
CDN405H1 | The University in Canada  (not offered in 2015 / 2016)

Pamela Gravestock is the Associate Director of the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation. She works with faculty, departments and divisions on a wide range of teaching-related issues including: developing learning outcomes, evaluating teaching (through dossiers, mid-course feedback, course evaluations, and on-site observations), and encouraging academic integrity. With Emily Greenleaf she  completed, Student Course Evaluations: Research, Models and Trends, published by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (2008). Pam also teaches a course on the University in Canada in the Canadian Studies Program at UofT.  She holds MAs in Art History and History and a doctorate from the Higher Education Group at OISE/UT. Her dissertation research focused on how teaching is evaluated for tenure at Canadian universities.


Dr. Siobhan O'Flynn
CDN355H1 | Digital Tools in a Canadian Context
CDN367H1 | Canadian Pluralism
CDN435Y1 | Active Citizenship in Canada
s.oflynn@utoronto.ca / http://siobhanoflynn.com/

Siobhan O'Flynn teaches in the Canadian Studies program at the University of Toronto and in the English and Drama Program, University of Toronto Mississauga. Her courses in Canadian Studies examine questions of diversity, pluralism, and active citizenship through a range of critical perspectives and engage students in project-based work to support active learning. In combination with 15 years teaching and consulting on interactive narrative design in Toronto and internationally via her consultancy (for the NFB, CBC, and international producers), NarrativeNow, she brings a unique perspective to digital humanities teaching, research and practice. Recent digital humanities projects for different classes introduced TEI encoding, text analysis and data visualization, and results can be found here:



Current projects include a deep dive urban archeology project mapping Kensington Market via an interactive website, more here: https://kensingtondeepdive.wordpress.com/

 Dr. O’Flynn is currently working on a monograph for Routledge P: Mapping Digital Narrativity: Design, Practice, Theory, which looks at the current impact of digital technologies on storytelling across media and addresses the challenges for teaching and critiquing media fluid works, exploring a new model of convergent analysis.

Past research and artistic projects include: a 2011-2013 SSHRC funded research/data visualization project, Nuit Blanche and Transformational Publics, examined the impact of social media use during Nuit Blanche, the media ecology generated by an emergent participatory public, and questions as to IP and privacy. She is the co-developer of the TMC Resource Kit, an online resource for Canadian & Australian filmmakers and television professional transitioning into the digital sphere and co-founded Transmedia101, a community & skills building initiative.