Faculty

Stan Beeler​​, Professor

MA Dalhousie, PhD Alberta

Office: ADM 3056​
Phone: 250-960-6619
Email: stan.beeler@unbc.ca

Dr. Stan Beeler completed his PhD in comparative literature from the University of Alberta, Canada and his MA and BA from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.  He is interested inn popular culture, film and television studies, and the application of technology to research and teaching in the humanities.  He has published on 17th century literature, popular culture, television studies and humanities computing.  He is a member of several professional societies including the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Science Fiction Research Association, Emblem Studies Association and Canadian Association of chairs of English.  Dr. Beeler is the Past President of the Canadian Comparative Literature Association.


Karin Beeler, Professor & Chair

MA Alberta, PhD Alberta

Office: ADM 306
Phone: 250-960-6640
Email: karin.beeler@unbc.ca

Dr. Karin Beeler's research and teaching interests are television studies, film studies, (including women's experiences and films for children), Canadian literature and Comparative literary studies.  Her book publications include Seers, Witches and Psychics on Screen: An Analysis of Women Visionary Charac​ters in Recent Television and Film (2009), Tattoos, Desire and Violence: Marks of Resistance in Literature, Film and Television (2006) and Investigating Charmed: The Magic Power of TV (co-edited with Dr. Stan Beeler (2007).  She has been President, Vice-President and Treasurer of the Canadian Comparative Literature Association.  She is one of UNBC's founding faculty members and has contributed to the development of the university as an administrator for various units and served on the boards of several community organizations.  She has taught course with a wide range of delivery methods including online/web courses, videoconference and audioconference technology.  When not occupied with academic activities, she enjoys spending time with her family and competing with her dogs at various dog events.


Robert Budde, Profess​or

MA Calgary,​ PhD Calgary

Office: ADM 3016
Phone: 250-960-6693
Email: robert.budde@unbc.ca

Dr. Rob Budde, a UNBC Professor of English, has published seven books (four poetry-Catch as Catch, traffick, Finding Ft. George, and declining america), two novels-Misshapen and The Dying Poem, and a book of short fiction-Flicker).  In 2002, Rob facilitated a collection of interviews (In Muddy Water: Conversations with 11 Poets). Rob teaches creative writing and Canadian Literature at UNBC in Prince George.  He has been a finalist for the John Hirsch Award for Most Promosing Manitoba Writer and the McNally-Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year.  In 1995 Budde completed a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Calgary.  He is currently working on a science fiction/cyberpunk novel called The Overcode, a study of Devel's Club called Panax, and a book of poems about a character named "Poem" called Poem's Poems. 


Lisa Dickson, Associate Professor

BA Guelph, MA & PhD McMaster​

Office: ADM 3005
Phone: 250-960-5364
Email: lisa.dickson@unbc.ca

Dr. Lisa Dickson is an Associate Professor of English specializing in Renaissance Literature and Literary Theory.  Her Current research focuses on the relationship between beauty and v​iolence in art and literature, with particular emphasis on the representation of violence in Renaissance Drama.  She is a 3M National Teaching Fellow and a recipient of the UNBC Excellence in Teaching Award (2007).  Much of her service to the university community is dedicated to promoting and supporting effective teaching and learning.  For example, she is a member of the Foundation Year Curriculum Program Committee at UNBC and, at the national level, serves on the 3M Fellowship Council Executive Committee.


Kristen Guest, Associate Professor

BA & MA Western Ontario, PhD Toronto

Office: ADM 3072
Phone: 250-960-6642
Email: kristen.guest@unbc.ca

Dr. Kristen Guest's research interests are in nineteenth century theatre and Victorian popular culture.  "I have published on Victorian melodrama, cannibalism, and on popular authors such as Marie Corelli (the first Big bestseller in the modern sense of the term) and Isabella Beeton (the nineteenth-century Martha Stewart, minus the prison time). I am currently at work on a SSHRCC funded project focusing on Victorian detective fiction that I hope to publish as a scholarly monograph.  This project is exciting for me because it extends my interests popular culture and theatre.  It will also include a chapter on depictions of policing and detection in western Canada in popular fiction about the North West Mounted Police.  Since taking up residence in Prince George, my husband and I have also tried to explore northern BC as much as possible.  


Dee Horne, Professor​

MA Toronto, PhD​

​Office: ADM 3086
Phone: 250-960-6641
Email: dee.horne@unbc.ca

Dr. Dee Horne teaches ​Creative Writing and Modern and Contemporary Literature. She has published  books and scholarly articles on First Nations Literature, American Literature, and Literary Publishing. In addition, she has published poems in literary journals in Canada and abroad. She is currently writing fiction and poetry and doing scholarly research on Mary Oliver.


Kevin Hutchings, Professor​

Canada Research Chair in Literature, Culture and Environmental Studies
MA McMaster, PhD McMaster

Office: ADM 3024
Phone: 250-960-6621
Email: kevin.hutchings@unbc.ca
Website: http://www.kevinhutchings.ca

Dr. Kevin Hutchings is Professor of English and Canada Research Chair in Literature, Culture, and Environmental Studies. A winner of the UNBC Award for Excellence in Teaching, he teaches courses in Romantic literature and culture, Ecocriticism, and environmental literature. He is the author of Romantic Ecologies and Colonial Cultures in the British Atlantic World 1770-1850 (2009) and Imagining Nature: Blake’s Environmental Poetics (2002).  He is also co-author of the BC Book Prize-winning Birds of the Raincoast: Habits and Habitat (2004), and his co-edited books include Transatlantic Literary Exchanges 1790-1870 (2011) and Native Americans and Anglo-American Culture 1750-1850 (2009). Kevin also works as the founding co-editor of the Ashgate Series in Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Studies.  He is currently writing a book entitled British Romanticism and North American Indigenous Governance 1800-1940.  In his spare time, Kevin has recorded several indie music CDs, including Songs of William Blake, On the Bridge You Were Burning, and Light to Shine. 


M​aryna Romanets, Associate Professor

MA Lviv Ukraine, PhD Saskatchewan

Office: ADM 3009
Phone: 250-960-6658
Email: maryna.romanets@unbc.ca

Dr. Maryna Romanets is an Associate Professor of English/Women's and Gender Studies.  She holds two doctoral degrees, from the former Soviet Union and Canada. Prior to coming to UNBC taught in the Departments of English at the Chernivtsi State University, University of Saskatchewan, and University of Lethbridge. Her research interests include Comparative Literature, Postcolonial and World Literatures; Women’s Literature; and Contemporary Critical Theory.  She has published articles on contemporary Irish, British and Ukrainian literatures focusing on the issues of representation and gender, postcolonialism and intertextual relations, and politics and language, as well as on the mechanisms of textual production and translation theory and praxis in Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, and USA. The author of Anamorphosic Texts and Reconfigured Visions: Improvised Traditions in Contemporary Ukrainian and Irish Literature (2007), she is currently working on a book project titled “Postcolonial ‘Erotomaniac’ Fictions and the Making of New Identities in Ukraine.”


Blanca Schorcht, Dean of CASHS

MA British Columbia, PhD British Columbia

Office: ADM 1045A
Phone: 250-960-6259
Email: blanca.schorcht@unbc.ca

Dr. Blanca Schorcht is the Dean of College of Arts, Social and Health Sciences. She holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature from UBC, and one of her particular interests lies in the interface between oral and written traditions, particularly in the context of popular culture: her book Storied Voices in Native American Texts explores some of these connections. Recently she has shifted her research focus to explore oral traditions in the context of an autoethnographic study that examines and compares some of the official narratives constructed around German post-World War II Identity with more unofficial, hidden, and oral narratives that continue to circulate within families and communities.


Monica Mattfeld, Assistant Professor

Office:  ADMIN 3077
Phone:  250-960-5801
E-Mail:  monica.mattfeld@unbc.ca

Dr. Monica Mattfeld is an Assistant Professor of English and History, and specializes in animal studies and the literature and history of eighteenth-century England.  She has published on early-modern horsemanship practices, theatrical animals, the early circus, and performances of gender.  Dr. Mattfeld is the author of Becoming Centaur: Eighteenth-Century Masculinity and English Horsemanship (2017), and co-editor of multiple animal-studies publications.  She is currently interest in the history of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century equestrian drama, circus Ephemera, the poetry of William Somerville and the development of the equine "breed" through history.


Judyta Frodyma, Postdoctoral Fellow

MSt and DPhil Univeristy of Oxford
Office:  ADMIN 3086
Phone:  250-960-6641
E-Mail:   judyta.frodyma@unbc.ca
Dr Judyta Frodyma is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at UNBC, specialising in Literature and the Environment.  She completed her DPhil (also funded by SSHRC) and MSt at the University of Oxford and her BA at the University of Toronto and University Paris 1: Panthéon-Sorbonne. A specialist in Romantic literature and landscape, her current research is on the shaping of Canadian identity through and in nineteenth-century Canadian Poetry, in particular turning to ideas of dwelling in pre- and post-Confederation poets. This project traces the transatlantic roots of Canadian lit back to its Romantic and Transcendental seeds.
Dr Frodyma is currently teaching ENGL-383, Special topics in Romanticism: ‘Drugscapes, Dreamscapes and Landscapes of the Mind.’ She has taught courses on Wordsworth, Romantic-era writers, Milton, American Transcendentalism, Henry David Thoreau, Shakespeare, Modernism, and the 20th Century American Novel.  She is currently working on a monograph entitled ‘Wordsworth and the Promised Land’.
She is interested in ecocriticism, Romanticism, religion and the King James Bible and the relationship between literature and ecology, with particular emphasis on phenomenological readings of landscape experience and on how humanistic geography shapes literature. In her spare time, she is a triathlete, long distance runner, cabin dweller and poet.