Work E-mail: kisaa037@uOttawa.ca
- 2009-2014: Ph.D., English, University of Ottawa
- 2007-2008: M.A., English, Dalhousie University
Thesis: “The Lurking Poison of Sensuality”: French Novels and Sensation Fiction in Lady Audley’s Secret and The Doctor’s Wife
- 2003-2007: B.A. (Hon), English and French, University of Manitoba
Fields of interest
- Nineteenth-century literature
- Nineteenth-century scientific writing
- Crime/detective fiction
- Sensation fiction
- Darwinism and evolutionary theory
My current research investigates evolutionary theory and temporality in the late-Victorian novel. After the publication of On the Origin of Species (1859),Darwin’s theories influenced narration and the representation of time in Victorian fiction. I am primarily interested in studying popular fiction in the second half of the nineteenth century that reflects a modern and scientific temporality stemming from evolutionary sciences.
- Winter 2011: Teaching Assistant, English 1112: Technical Report Writing
- Fall 2010: Teaching Assistant, Writing Centre
- Winter 2010: Research Assistant, Dr. Ina Ferris
- Fall 2009: Teaching Assistant, English 1100: Workshop in Essay Writing
Fellowships and Awards
- Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, 2011-2014
- University of Ottawa Excellence Scholarship, 2011-2014
- University of Ottawa Graduate Scholarship, 2009-2011
- Dalhousie University Graduate Scholarship, 2007-2008
- Outstanding Student of the Year, Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba, 2007
- President, Department of English Graduate Student Association (GSA), University of Ottawa, 2011-2012
- PhD Representative, Department of English GSA, University of Ottawa, 2010-2011
- First-Year Representative, Department of English GSA, University of Ottawa, 2009-2010
“Polite Language and Female Social Agency in Frances Burney’sEvelina.” Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Memorial University, 14 October 2010.
“Re-Writing Madame Bovary: An Escape for the Female Reader in The Doctor’s Wife.” University of Ottawa English Graduate Conference, 11 June 2010.
“‘The Curse of Decay’: Science, Time, and Empire in The Secret Agent.” Ryerson Literatures of Modernity Symposium, Toronto, 29 March 2010.
“‘The Lurking Poison of Sensuality’: The Threat of French Novels and Sensation Fiction in Victorian England.” University of Ottawa Graduate Students’ Association Interdisciplinary Conference, 25 February 2010.