More than 200 Master's and Doctoral students have successfully completed the programs of Theory and Criticism since its inception in 1990. 

Featured Alumna

Komorowski-.jpgDr. Jennifer Komorowski, PhD '22, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Toronto Metropolitan University

Jennifer Komorowski's research combines Lacanian psychoanalysis, Haudenosaunee thought, and more general Indigenous philosophy to think about what masochism means for Indigenous women. Since completing the dissertation “The Masochian Woman”, Jennifer continues her research in her new position in the Philosophy Department at Toronto Metropolitan University by talking to women in her own community, the Oneida Nation of the Thames, about their experiences. 


Recent Successes

Tenure-stream appointments

Mary Bunch (MA 2002, PhD 2010): Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Arts; Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Vision, Disability and the Arts, School of Art, Media, Performance and Design, York University.

Jonathan Doering (PhD 2019): Assistant Professor of English (Department of Literature, Folklore, and The Arts), Cape Breton University; President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric.

Jonathan Fardy (PhD 2014): Associate Professor of Art History; Graduate Director, Department of Art at Idaho State University.

Katherine Lawless (PhD 2014): Assistant Professor in the Centre for Global Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Huron University College.

Emanuele Leonardi (PhD 2012) Assistant Professor of Sociology and Business Law at the University of Bologna.

Shannon Lodoen (MA 2019), tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Professional Writing at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona.

Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning (MA 2005, PhD 2017) Assistant Professor, QNS, Anishinaabe Knowledge, Language and Culture, Philosophy, Queen's University.

Svitlana Matviyenko (PhD 2015), Associate Professor of Critical Media Analysis in the School of Communication; Associate Director of the Digital Democracies Institute, Simon Fraser University.

John Vanderheide (MA 2002, PhD 2011): Associate Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies, Huron University College.

Jakub Zdebik (MA 2002, PhD 2007): Associate Professor of Art History and Theory in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Ottawa.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Natalie Treviño (PhD 2020) awarded a post-doctoral research associateship in Space and Planetary Ethics at the Open University (UK).

Benjamin Woodard (PhD 2015), 2022-24 Fellow of Philosophy/History of Science, ICI Berlin

Past Graduates - Where are they now?

A listing of all graduates and thesis titles can be found here.

Mark Asberg (MA 1999; PhD, 2008), Vice-Provost and University Librarian, Queen's University

Tim August (MA 2006), Asst. Prof. of Comparative Literature, SUNY-Stony Brook

Scott Bakker (MA 1997), Novelist, London ON

Rachel Bath (MA 2016), PhD candidate in Philosophy at Emory

Nandita Biswas (MA 1996; PhD Toronto), Assoc. Prof. of Political Science, UWO

Keith Bresnahan (MA 2000; PhD York) Assoc. Prof. at OCAD

Brett Buchanan (MA 1999; PhD, De Paul), Assoc. Prof. of Philosophy and Director, School of the Environment, Laurentian Univ.

Christopher Bundock (MA 2005; PhD UWO), Visiting Asst. Prof., Huron University College

Andrew Case (MA 2018), Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Fiona Coll (MA 2004), PhD Toronto, Asst. Prof. of English SUNY-Oswego

Shea Coulson (MA 2005), lawyer, Vancouver

Eva Lynn Cupchik (PhD 2019), Policy Analyst, Federal Government

Jason D'Aoust (PhD 2013), medical student at Ohio University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine; Transformative Care Continuum fellow; former guest researcher at Utrecht University and visiting assistant professor at Oberlin College, OH.

Richard Dew (MA 2018), Elementary School Teacher, Thames Valley District School Board

Andrea (Dumbrell) Charise (MA 2005; PhD Toronto), Asst. Prof. English and Interdisciplinary Centre for Health & Society (ICHS), University of Toronto Scarborough; Asst. Prof., Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine; Director, SCOPE: The Health Humanities Learning Lab

Robert Diab (MA 1995; LL.B., LL.M., PhD (UBC)), Law Professor, Thomson Rivers 

Dru Farro (PhD 2019), Instructor, School of Language and Liberal Studies, Fanshawe College

Kane Faucher (PhD 2010), Asst. Prof., sessional, FIMS, UWO

Ariel Fuenzalida (PhD 2009), Part-time Professor at the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies, University of Ottawa; Contract Instructor for the Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University.

Maryam Golafshani (MA 2019), PhD candidate in Medicine, University of Toronto 

Amanda Grzyb (MA 1996; PhD Duke), Assoc. Prof., FIMS, UWO

David Guignion

Visiting Assistant Professor, Critical Theory & Social Justice

Matthew Halse (PhD 2020), Director, Global Public Health for Prevention, ViiV Healthcare

Gordon Hughes (MA 1996; PhD Princeton), Mellon Asst. Prof. of Art History, Rice University

Mark Jull (PhD 2012), Senior Planner at Municipality of Clarington

Lila Knighton (MA 2004), Private practitioner of clinical social work/ psychotherapist, Toronto and Hamilton

Christopher Langlois (PhD 2014), Adjunct Lecturer of English, Concordia University and Dawson College, Montréal.

Kathryn Lawson (MA 2017), lecturer in philosophy at Carleton University

Nathaniel Leach (MA 1999; PhD UWO), Assoc. Prof. and Chair of English Dept., Cape Breton Univ.

Joseph Leivdal (MA 2018; MA 2021 UWO), Artist

Joshua Livingstone (MA 2018), Ph.D. Candidate in Philosophy, Queen's University

Mare McLevey (MA 2016), PhD candidate in Philosopy, University of Oregon

Gerald McKinley (MA 2008), Associate Professor and Medical Anthropologist, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry

Monika Mandoki (PhD 2021), Instructor at Fanshawe College, Published Author

Claudie Massicotte (PhD 2013), Learning Designer & Education Specialist, AVID Center.

Colin MacPherson (MA 1998), Chief, Dept. of Psychiatry, Quinte Health Care, Belleville

Cristian Melchiorre (MA 2003; PhD 2010), Licensed Psychoanalyst, Ottawa ON

Jonathan Murphy (MA 2004; PhD SUNY-Buffalo), Asst. Professor of English, Texas A & M International Univ.

Jon Nash (MA 2018) PhD Candidate of English and teacher at the University of Victoria

John Nyman (PhD 2018), Juris Doctor (JD ’26) candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School

Kimberley Olynyk (MA 1999), lecturer at Univ. of Winnipeg, Centre for Academic Writing and Dept. of English

David Patrick (MA 2001), General Practitioner, Guelph

Evan Pebesma (MA 2017), PhD candidate in the Program in Literature at Duke University

Andrew Pendakis (MA 2003; PhD, McMaster), Asst. Prof. of English, Brock Univ.

James Penney (SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow 2002), Full Professor of Cultural Studies and French at Trent University

Laura Penny (MA 1998; PhD SUNY Buffalo), Writer and Asst. Professor, sessional, Univ. of King’s College, Halifax

Mikhail Pozdniakov (MA 2015), Head of Operational Due Diligence, Prime Quadrant

Matthew Prokopiw (PhD 2020), Issues & Program Coordinator, Office of the Assistant Deputy Attorney General

Jeremy Proulx (MA 2004; PhD McMaster), Lecturer in Philosophy, Eastern Michigan University

Ramona Anca Radu (MA 2019), Immigration and Refugee Lawyer, Toronto ON

Jarrad Reddekop (PhD 2014) Acting Chair, Indigenous Studies Department at Camosun College.

John Sawicki (MA 1997), Editor, Irwin Law Inc.

Stephen Schryer (MA 1999; PhD, UC-Irvine), Assoc. Prof. of English at UNB

Andrea Schwam (MA 2002), Coordonatrice Pedagogique at Monceau Langues, Paris

Ryan Shuvera (PhD 2020), lecturer in the Department of English, French, and Writing at King's University College

Adrian Sinclair (MA 2008), Co-Founder & Director of Engagement at Vancouver Mural Festival

Surti Singh (MA 2002; PhD De Paul), Assoc. Professor of Philosophy, Villanova University

Heather Snell (MA 2000; PhD UWO), Assoc. Prof. of English, Univ., of Winnipeg

Kevin Spencer (MA 2009; PhD Duke), Assistant Professor in the School of English at Wenzhou-Kean University in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. 

Graeme Stout (MA 2000), Senior Lecturer and Film Studies Coordinator, Dept. of Cultural Studies and Comp. Lit., University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)

Dorian Stuber (MA 1999; PhD Cornell), Assoc. Prof. of English, Hendrix College

Grant Stirling (MA 1992; PhD York), Chief Development Officer, Sick Kids Foundation

Joshua Synenko (MA 2007), Assistant Professor (LTA) in Cultural Studies at Trent University

Imre Szeman (MA 1992; PhD Duke), University Research Chair of Environmental Communication, Prof. of Communication Arts, University of Waterloo

Thomas Szwedska (MA 2017), PhD candidate in Philosophy at Duquesne University

Sarah Trimble (MA 2007; PhD McMaster), Undergraduate Coordinator and Assistant Professor, Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto

Tyler Evans-Tokaryk (MA 1996; PhD UWO), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream; Director, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre; University of Toronto Mississauga

Inna Viriasova (PhD 2013), Lecturer, Department of Politics, Acadia University;counselling therapist

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