“The unique, rigorous and creative possibilities within the Theory and Criticism program, and Western’s reputation as a top Canadian school, are the two main reasons I chose Western for my Master’s work.”
Supervisor: Antonio Calcagno
What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
The diverse, interdisciplinary nature and academic freedom in the Theory and Criticism program has allowed me to be creative in my thinking and writing. The Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism gives students guidance but also allows for exploration, which has been exciting for me as a scholar.
Where’s your favourite place on campus.
I like to work in the Pride Library. It is cozy, quiet and always feels very warm and inviting. I also really like the café in Weldon Library.
What idea, suggestion, or comment would you like to share with the Western graduate community?
Connecting various departments through interdisciplinary work is the best way to understand one another and thus gain a broader and more comprehensive picture of the academic landscape that Western has to offer.
Do you serve on any committees?
I am currently the co-organizer for the Interdisciplinary conference, “Toxic/cities,” which is a collaboration between the Centre for the study of Theory and Criticism, Comparative Literature, and Hispanic Studies. The conference will run for three days with speakers in at least three languages and academics from across North America.
What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
Don’t be afraid to be bold and creative in your academic choices. Speak to professors from different areas before settling on your thesis and advisor. The breadth of knowledge available to students though the Theory and Criticism program is a huge part of what makes it so unique. When you find something that is intellectually intriguing to you, keep digging and surround yourself with other inquisitive minds.