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Teaching Assistants

Our teaching assistants make valued contributions to teaching and research in our department. They are engaged with students, faculty members and communities to bring you the best education experience.

Salman Akhtar

Salman Akhtar entered academia through convergence. Currently a first-year doctoral student in the English department at York University, he trained and worked as, first, a teacher of English to ‘Other ...

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Zaynab Ali

Zaynab Ali (she/her) is a doctoral student in English at York University. Her interests lie in the field of world literature and exilic writing. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “World Narratives ...

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Braedon Balko

Braedon Balko received an Honours B. A. with High Distinction from the University of Toronto in 2017 and an M. A. in from York University in 2019, during which he ...

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Tyler Scott Ball

Tyler Scott Ball is a doctoral candidate and SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier funded researcher who specializes in contemporary literatures form the Indian Ocean. His dissertation utilizes constellation theory to track transoceanic ...

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Mark Buchanan

Mark Buchanan is a PhD Candidate in English at York University. His dissertation examines depictions of food and alcohol in Canadian fantasy literature. His dissertation uses the lens of food ...

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Kristy Chan

My research is anchored in Postcolonial studies in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, as well as World Literature, with a focus on the roles Romantic and modern poetry play in ...

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Matthew Dunleavy

Matthew Dunleavy received his BA (Hons. with Distinction) from Concordia University and his MA from York University. His work examines the gender politics among the inhabitants, philanthropists, and journalists of ...

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Vanessa Evans

Vanessa Evans (she/her) is a doctoral candidate and settler scholar studying on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation at York University. Her dissertation is ...

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Cecilia Evoy

Cecilia (she/her) is a doctoral student at York University. She has been awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2020-2021) for her research, which approaches Indigenous North American apocalyptic horror literatures as ...

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Jane Fox

Jane Fox (she/her) is a PhD student in English at York University, where she also completed both her MA (‘19) and her Spec. Hon. BA (‘18). She specializes in drama, ...

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Khem Guragain

Khem Guragain is a doctoral candidate in English at York University. He received his first M.A. in English from Tribhuvan University, and second M.A. in Literatures of Modernity from Ryerson ...

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Emily Howe

Emily Howe researches post-World War II North American literature with special attention to the ways in which women and people of colour have historically experienced alienation from mainstream American culture. ...

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Tita Kyrtsakas

Tita Kyrtsakas received her BA(H) in English and Drama (2015) and B.Ed. from the University of Windsor (2019) and her MA with a SSHRC grant from the University of Toronto ...

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Maybelle Leung

Maybelle Leung (she/her) is a Ph.D. Candidate in the English Department at York University. She completed her Hons. B.A. at University of Toronto and her M.A. at York University. Her ...

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Anjalee Nadarajan

Anjalee Nadarajan is a PhD student in York University's English department who is studying the evolution of the novel. Her teaching interests include prose narrative and poetry, British and American ...

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Breanna Simpson

Breanna Simpson is currently a doctoral candidate at York University. She received a BA in Classical Studies and English Literature (2015), as well as an MA in Ancient Culture, Religion, ...

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Nasra Smith

Nasra Smith is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Program in English, completing also a Masters of English (2016), Masters of Education (2014), and a Spec. Hons. BA (with distinction) ...

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Monica Sousa

Monica Sousa received her B.A. (Honours) in 2017 and her M.A. in 2018 from Brock University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at York University. ...

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Julianna Will

Julianna Will is a PhD candidate in York University’s English Department. Her main area of research is in the intersections of classical and Victorian literature, focusing on the history of ...

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