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Kit Dobson, PhD

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I am accepting queries for graduate supervision and committee membership in the areas of literatures in Canada, Indigenous literatures, literary and cultural theory, ecocriticism, and adjacent fields.


I am accepting queries for postdoctoral supervision in the areas of literatures in Canada, Indigenous literatures, literary and cultural theory, ecocriticism, and adjacent fields.


Educational Background

PhD English, University of Toronto,

MA English, University of York, UK,

BA Hons English, University of Victoria,


I am a faculty member whose work brings together concerns about culture, place, and the arts. I have written about literatures in Canada across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This work has been hailed as “foundational” for literary studies in Canada. In 2015, I was awarded the inaugural Outstanding Scholar Award by Mount Royal University’s Faculty of Arts, and in 2016 I was awarded the Eakin Visiting Fellowship in Canadian Studies at McGill University and the Rita and Charles Bronfman Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2020 I served as a visiting scholar at the University of Salamanca, Spain. I joined the University of Calgary as a Profesor in 2021.

My books are Transnational Canadas: Canadian Literature and Globalization; the edited collection Transnationalism, Activism, Art (with Áine McGlynn); and the book of interviews Producing Canadian Literature: Authors Speak on the Literary Marketplace (with Smaro Kamboureli). I am the editor of the selected works of derek beaulieu, the 2014-16 Poet Laureate of Calgary, a book entitled Please, No More Poetry: The Selected Poetry of derek beaulieu. In the fall of 2017, I published a book of literary non-fiction about shopping malls in Canada titled Malled: Deciphering Shopping in Canada. In 2020 I co-edited the book Dissonant Methods: Undoing Discipline in the Humanities Classroom (2020; edited by Ada Jaarsma and Kit Dobson) and in 2021 I co-edited the book All the Feels / Tous les sens: Affect and Writing in Canada / Affect et écriture au Canada (2021; edited by Marie Carrière, Ursula Mathis-Moser, and Kit Dobson). Both are with the University of Alberta Press. My most recent book is the non-fiction book Field Notes on Listening, published by Wolsak & Wynn in 2022.

At present, I serve on the editorial boards of the Edmonton-based non-profit publisher NeWest Press, the journal Canadian Literature, and the journal ARIEL: A Review of International English Literatures. I am based in Calgary, Alberta, on the territory of the signatories to Treaty 7; the traditional territory of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Iyarhe Nakoda (Stoney), and Tsuut’ina; and of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.


Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
ENGL 303 Theories for Reading Fall 2022
ENGL 473 Literatures in Canada since 1950 Fall 2022


  • Rita and Charles Bronfman Award for Teaching Excellence, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, McGill University . 2016
  • Faculty of Arts Outstanding Scholar Award, Mount Royal University. 2015
  • Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dalhousie University. 2008
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship, SSHRC / University of Guelph. 2006


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