I supervise projects in the broad fields of energy and environmental humanities, island and ocean studies, and settler colonialism. I also have specific expertise in Australian, Australian-Canadian, and Newfoundland and Labrador studies.

Current and recent supervisions include:


Rachel Webb Jekanowski, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, “Envisioning Offshore Oil: Oceans, Energy, Futures,” 2019-21.


Declan Roberts, Young Adult Fiction and Climate Change, in progress.

Morgen Mills, "Labrador Prose, 1894 to 1973," in progress.

Mandy Rowsell, “Violent Masculinities in Contemporary Newfoundland Fiction,” 2019.

Jon Parsons, “Resistance in Contemporary Newfoundland Fiction,” 2017. Co-supervised with Danine Farquharson.

Chris Aylward (Interdisciplinary Studies), “The Beothuk Story: European and First Nations Narratives of the Beothuk People of Newfoundland,” 2014. Co-supervised with Jeff Webb and Peter Pope.

Jacob Bachinger, “Cold Pastoral: An Ecocritical Reading of Exploration and Travel Narratives of the Labrador Interior, 1849-1942,” in progress. Member of supervisory committee.

Samuel Martin, “Bleached Bones Rattling: Reviving the Art of Sacramental Reading,” 2012. Member of supervisory committee.

M.A. Theses

Maria Allen, "The Material Front: An Examination of Nonhuman Agential Forces in First World War Fiction," in progress.

Shruti Raheja, "Diasporic Playgrounds: How Coming-of-Age Narratives Unsettle Official Multiculturalism in Carrianne Leung's That Time I Loved You" and Souvankham Thammavongsa's How to Pronounce Knife," in progress.

Matthew Carroll, “Who Lives at the South Pole?: The Imposition of Identity on Antarctica in Three Nineteenth-Century Texts,” 2011.

M.A. Research Essays

Kate Lahey, "Trauma, Memory and Feminism in Carmelita McGrath's Poems on Land and On Water," 2016.

Marc Lewis, “The Dudes in Charge: Oil Ontologies and Paternal Relationships in Oil! and The Road,” 2014.

Francesca Boschetti, “Home and Identity in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake and Interpreter of Maladies,” 2013.

Marco Campagna, “Depicting the Self, Depicting Newfoundland: A Study of The Colony of Unrequited Dreams and The Custodian of Paradise,” 2009

Danielle Yetman, “Becoming a White African: Negotiating Tension in the Childhood Autobiographies of Doris Lessing and Alexandra Fuller,” 2009

Shannon Fraser, “Autobiography in Anishinaabewaki: Locality, Language and Transculturation,” 2008


Kaitlyn Woodley, "Rivers and Settler Colonial World Making: River Thieves and The Secret River," in progress.

Brian Jenkins, "A Way Out: The Primacy of Spirituality in Huxley's Brave New World," 2016.

Grace Lau, “The Wall of Domination: Muslim Integration in Monica Ali’s Brick Lane,” 2011.

Anna Smith, “Problematically Justified: The Satirical Manipulation of Confessional Narrative in James Hogg’s The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner,” 2010.

Danai Kusikwenyu, “A Fanonian Reading of Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions and The Book of Not,” 2010.

Elim Wong, “A Search for the ‘Beyond:’ Hybrid Identities in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth and Andrea Levy’s Small Island,” 2009.


Fiona Polack

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