Academic Advisory Board

Professor Emily Gilbert

Emily Gilbert is a facutly member in the Canadian Studies Program at University College and a member of the Graduate Program of the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto. Her current research deals with questions relating to citizenship, security, migration, borders, nation-states, globalization, monetary organization, and governance. Gilbert is engaged in two primary research projects. The first is an examination of battlefield compensation that is being made in cases of inadvertent death, injury and property damage. The second is on the changing politics of the Canada-US border and the ways that border risks - economic and social - are being used to discipline behaviour and promote new forms of citizenship practice; the impact on migration and mobility is of particular concern. Another area of focus is on transnational currency arrangements, from proposals for monetary union between Canada and the US  to global initiatives on monetary regionalism. Gilbert's work draws upon a range of cultural and political theories and methodologies to crticially interrogate the nature of money, especially its spatial organization. This research builds upon some of her earlier work on the historical formation of national currencies, especially in Canada. Other ongoing side research examines visual and literary narratives, with a particular focus on urban and wilderness representations of Canadian national identity.

Professor Mark A. Cheetham

Mark A. Cheetham is a professor of art history at the University of Toronto and a former Director of the Canadian Studies Program. He writes on art theory, art, and visual culture from c.1700 to the present. Major recent publications include Abstract Art Against Autonomy: Infection, Resistance, and Cure since the 60s (Cambridge UP, 2006) and Artwriting, Nation, and Cosmopolitanism in Britain: The “Englishness” of English Art Theory since the Eighteenth Century (Ashgate, 2012). His 1991 book Remembering Postmodernism: Trends in Canadian Art, 1970–1990 appeared in a 2nd edition with Oxford UP in 2012. A Guggenheim Fellow in 1994, in 2006, he received the Art Journal Award from the College Art Association of America for “Matting the Monochrome: Malevich, Klein, & Now.” In 2008, he was awarded the Curatorial Writing Award from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries for “The Transformative Abstraction of Robert Houle.” In 2011, he co-curated the exhibition Jack Chambers: The Light From the Darkness / Silver Paintings and Film, which was named an “exhibition of the year” by the OAAG in 2011.  He has won teaching awards at both UofT and Western. Cheetham is the principal investigator on a 3-year SSHRC Partnership Development Grant based at UC: CACHET (Canadian Art Commons for History of Art Education and Training).

Professor Max Friesen

Max Friesen is a professor of anthropology at the University of Toronto. Since obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. Friesen has worked in three regions in the Canadian Arctic. In the Mackenzie River Delta, Northwest Territories, he studied long-term changes in the social organization and economy of Inuvialuit beluga whale hunters. Near Baker Lake, Nunavut, he worked as project zooarchaeologist with a Parks Canada team, and is developing a general framework for the interpretation of caribou bones from functionally different sites. Since 1999, however, his focus has been on a large scale project at Iqaluktuuq, a very important archaeological hotspot near Cambridge Bay on Victoria Island. This project is performed in collaboration with the Kitikmeot Heritage Society, a Cambridge Bay organization consisting largely of Inuit elders whose aim is to preserve traditional knowledge from the region. The goal of the archaeology at Iqaluktuuq is to reconstruct, and compare, the lifeways of the several very different peoples who have lived there over the past four millennia.

Professor Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson is a Full Professor in the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. He has taught theatre history and performance theory, cinema studies, dramatic literature, and performance studies, as well as acting and directing, at the University of Guelph, McMaster University, the University of Toronto Mississauga, and the Drama Centre.

He has published widely on 19th and early 20th century performance, with articles in The Drama Review, Canadian Theatre Review, Theatre Topics and Nineteenth Century Theatre, as well as Theatre Research in Canada / Recherches théâtrales au Canada, which he (co)edited for ten years.

He is president of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research / Association canadienne de la recherche théâtrale, a member of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Professor John Marshall

John Marshall joined the Department for the Study of Religion in 2000.  His graduate study at Princeton University in religions of late antiquity generated an abiding interest in religious boundary crossing in the ancient world.  Professor Marshall is cross appointed to the Centre for Jewish Studies and the Department of Classics. His current academic interests are apocalyptic literature, colonialism and religion in the ancient world, Early Jewish-Christian relations, historical Jesus, “magic”, and the role of Paul in the construction of Christianity. His researches takes in account of ancient literary sources to address social-historical questions in the history of Second Temple Judaism and the development of early Christianity.



Professor Robert McGill

Robert McGill’s research focuses on Canadian literature and issues related to creative writing. In his book The Treacherous Imagination, he addresses people’s sense of betrayal when they believe they have been turned into characters in novels or stories. His current research project, “The Vietnam War and the Language of Canadian Nationalism,” examines how the war influenced Canadian literature and identity through to the present day. This project has a counterpart in his novel Once We Had a Country, which tells the story of Americans in Canada during the war era, and which he began as a Junior Fellow with the Harvard Society of Fellows. He wrote his previous novel, The Mysteries, as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of East Anglia. The Mysteries was named one of the top five Canadian fiction books of 2004 by Quill & Quire and won the Western Reads program in 2006. Robert has also published short fiction in Toronto Life, The Journey Prize Anthology, Grain, The Dalhousie Review, The Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, and Descant. His article “‘The Germs of Empires’: Decivilization and Conrad’s Discontent” (The Conradian 27.1) won the Juliet McLaughlin Prize of the Joseph Conrad Society, and “The Sublime Simulacrum: Vancouver in Douglas Coupland’s Geography of Apocalypse” (Essays on Canadian Writing 70) won the George Wicken Prize in Canadian Literature.

Professor Sean Mills

Sean Mills is a historian of post-1945 Canadian and Quebec history, with research interests that include postcolonial thought, migration, race, gender, and the history of empire and oppositional movements. His articles have appeared in journals such as The Canadian Historical Review, Histoire Sociale/Social History, Mens: Revue d'histoire intellectuelle de l'Amérique française, as well as national and international collections of essays.   In 2009 he co-edited New World Coming: The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness, a major collection of essays reassessing the meaning, impact, and global reach of the period’s social movements.  In 2010 he published The Empire Within: Postcolonial Thought and Political Activism in Sixties Montreal, a book which received the Quebec Writers' Federation First Book Award (2010), as well as an Honourable Mention for the Canadian Historical Association's Sir John A. MacDonald Award (2011), given out annually for the best book in Canadian History.  In 2011, Les Éditions Hurtubise published Contester l'empire.  Pensée postcoloniale et militantisme politique à Montréal, 1963-1972.  He is currently working on a history of Quebec's relationship with Haiti.

Professor Nelson Wiseman

Nelson Wiseman is an Associate Professor at the department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. His interests include Canadian government and politics. Some of his recent publications include: “The American Imprint on Alberta Politics,” Great Plains Quarterly (2011); “The Quest for a Quebec Constitution,” American Review of Canadian Studies (2010); “The Success of the New Democratic Party,” in Paul G. Thomas and Curtis Brown, eds., Manitoba Politics and Government (2010); “A Dead End: Conservatism and the Conservative Party,” and “Unintended Consequences of Proportional Representation,” in Mark Charlton and Paul Barker, eds., Crosscurrents: Contemporary Political Issues, (2013); “Explaining Party Politics at the Local Level,” Public Sector Digest (2012).