Stan Beeler, Professor
MA Dalhousie, PhD Alberta
Office: ADM 3056
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 in 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
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 Characters 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, Professor
MA Calgary, PhD Calgary
Office: ADM 3016
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
Kristen Guest, Professor
BA & MA Western Ontario, PhD Toronto
Office: ADM 3072
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
Professor Horne teaches creative writing and modern and contemporary literatures. She has published books, book chapters, articles and poems. Her latest book is Mary Oliver's Grass Roots Poetry in which she examines global warming and climate changes in the context of Mary Oliver's poetry.
Kevin Hutchings, Professor
MA McMaster, PhD McMaster
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.
Maryna Romanets, Professor
MA Lviv Ukraine, PhD Saskatchewan
Office: ADM 3009
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, Professor
MA British Columbia, PhD British Columbia
Dr. Blanca Schorcht 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.
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.