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

Recent Successes

Tenure-stream appointments

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

Jon Doering (PhD 2019):  Assistant Professor of English (Department of Literature, Folklore, and The Arts). Cape Breton University.

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

Jennifer Komorowski (PhD 2022): Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Toronto Metropolitan University. 

Kate Lawless (PhD 2014): tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor in the Centre for Global Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Huron University College.

Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning (MA 2005, PhD 2017) tenure-track appointment in Philosophy and the Cultural Studies Program; Queens National Scholar in Philosophy, Queens University.

Svitlana Matviyenko (PhD 2015), tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor, Critical Media Analysis, Simon Fraser University.

John Vanderheide (MA 2002, PhD 2011): Associate Professor in the Department of English at 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

Emanuele Leonardi (PhD 2012) holds a research fellowship at the Centro de Estudos Sociais of the University of Coimbra, Portugal.

Jarrad Reddekop (PhD 2014) is associate Fellow at the University of Victoria's Centre for Studies in Religion and Society.

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

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

Jason D'Aoust (PhD 2013), Post-baccalaureate student in pre-medicine at Cleveland State University; Administrative Director of Opera Cares Foundation, Montréal; Administrative Director of Sharon Azrieli Foundation for the Arts, Montréal; Founding Member, President, General Director of Ensemble Poiesis, Montréal; former guest researcher at Utrecht University (The Netherlands) 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 

Jason Dockstader (MA 2005; PhD 2009), Lecturer in Philosophy at University College, Cork, IR

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

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

Josh Lambier (MA 2005) Director of Public Humanities at Western

Christopher Langlois (PhD 2014), Adjunct Lecturer of English, Department of English, Concordia University.

Kathryn Lawson (MA 2017), Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy, Arts and Science, Queens University

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

Joseph Leivdal (MA 2018), Artist

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

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

Dolleen Manning (MA 2005, PhD 2017), working at the IICSI-associated Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI) at McGill University.

Gerald McKinley (MA 2008), Adjunct Assistant Professor, Anthropology Dept., UWO

Claudie Massicotte (PhD 2013), Assistant Professor of Literary Theory and Criticism in English and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at Young Harris College in Georgia, US.

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.

Jonathan Nash (MA 2018) Sessional Instructor & PhD Candidate in Technical Writing, University of Victoria

John Nyman (PhD 2018), Creative writer; Editor; Engineering Communication Sessional Lecturer, University of Toronto

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), Operational Analyst, Toronto ON

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

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

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

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

Surti Singh (MA 2002; PhD De Paul), Asst. Prof. of Philosophy, American Univ. of Cairo

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), 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

Benjamin Woodard (PhD 2015), Writer, Editor, Lecturer

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