Curriculum Vitae

Education

PhD, English
York University, 2015 – present
Advisor: Dr. Lesley Higgins

MA, English/Études anglaises
Université de Montréal, 2013 – 2015
Thesis: Waxing Ornamental: Reading a Poetics of Excess in Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood
Advisor: Dr. Jane Malcolm; Co-advisor: Dr. Robert Schwartzwald

BA, Comparative Literature
University of Oregon, 2007 – 2010
Summa Cum Laude
Thesis: Vertiginous Spaces: Reading and Conceptualizing Space in(to) the Texts of Québécoise Author Nicole Brossard
Advisor: Dr. Karen McPherson

Awards

Ontario Graduate Scholarship
OGS is a $15,000 merit-based scholarship jointly funded by the university and the province of Ontario.
York University, Fall 2016

York Graduate Scholarship
This $3,000 entrance scholarship is based on academic merit and awarded to top-ranked applicants each year.
York University, Fall 2015

Best Essay Written by an M.A. Student
Awarded for: “Writing Excessive Bodies in Nightwood: Woman, Queer, and Jew”
This award is given each year to one master’s student in the Department of English at Université de Montréal for the best essay in a course of the previous year.
Université de Montréal, Fall 2014

Bourse de Hugh Hood
This $3,000 scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming master’s student in the Département d’études anglaises who presents an outstanding academic dossier.
Université de Montréal, Fall 2013

Phi Beta Kappa Oregon Six
This honor is awarded annually to six students university-wide for excellence in upper-division liberal arts courses and very high grade point averages.
University of Oregon, Spring 2011

Academic Interests

  • Transatlantic modernism
  • Satire
  • Gender theory
  • Feminist literature and theory
  • Theories of the body
  • Print and material cultures
  • The avant-garde

Languages

English
Fluent, Native Language

French
Proficient (reading, writing, speaking), 2005 – Present

Publications and Presentations

“Narrating Trauma and Seeking Forgiveness in Sam Kieth’s The Maxx.” 11th Annual Université de Montréal English Graduate Student Conference. Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC. 13-14 Mar. 2014.

“‘Conspicuous Absences and Superfluous Presences’: The Affect of the Freakish in Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love“. Concordia University. Concordia Library, Montréal, Québec. 1 March 2014. 12th Annual Concordia University English Graduate Colloquium.

“The Production Behind Production: Developing Trends in the Global Television Set Market.” nomad: The TV Edition. The Comparative Literature Program’s Journal of Undergraduate Writing. University of Oregon, 2008. 45-60.

Professional Experience

Academia

Teaching Assistant
York University, September 2015 – April 2016
Tutorial leader for EN 1202 Satire, Course Director: Allan Weiss
This is a year-long contract to lead two one-hour undergraduate tutorials per week and mark all course assignments for those groups of students.

Research Assistant
Université de Montréal, October 2014 – present
Assistant to Professor Jane Malcolm
Tasks: compiling bibliography for possible translation project

Research Assistant
Université de Montréal, September 2013 – present
Assistant to Professor Robert Schwartzwald
Tasks: locating works for future anthology publication; collaborative article revisions; annotating texts; gathering translated English language texts for undergraduate course

Writing/Editing

Proofreader and Research Assistant
Susanne de Lotbinière-Harwood (translator), November 2014 – present
Freelance contract for proofreading the first draft of a translation of Martine Delvaux’s Les filles en série: Des Barbies aux Pussy Riot (Serial Girls: From Barbies to Pussy Riot), as well as finding English translations (if available) of French citations in the book

Proofreader and Editor
Dr. Julie Carrier (Department of Psychology, Université de Montréal; Center for Advanced Research in Sleep Medicine), July 2014 – present
Freelance contract for editing and revising scholarly articles and academic documents

Editor
AKLASU Magazine, April 2014 – present
Editor of online magazine; responsible for managing contributors, proofreading submissions, marketing magazine content, and business development

Education

Freelance Private Tutor
Students of varying backgrounds and levels of needs, 2006 – present
Primarily English language tutoring; occasionally elementary to high school level math

Service Activities

Volunteer Gardener
Phoenix Garden, Action Communiterre
Montréal, May 2014 – October 2014

Volunteer Translator
Association Burkina Canada
Montréal, 2014 – present

Volunteer Educator
Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre
Montréal, 2013 – present

Writer and Volunteer
The Student Insurgent
University of Oregon, 2007 – 2008

Writer and Volunteer
Students for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (SETA)
University of Oregon, 2007 – 2008

Affiliations

EGSS-SAGE-EGSA Scramble, Co-Founder
Université de Montréal, Concordia University, and McGill University, September 2014 – present
The EGSS-SAGE-EGSA Scramble is an inter-university group encouraging socializing, sharing of ideas, and networking across university lines.

English Graduate Student Society, Executive Committee Member
Université de Montréal, May 2014 – present
Treasurer and Communications Officer
EGSS Executive committee is responsible for representing the interests of English graduate students, planning departmental events, and organizing the annual English Graduate Student Conference.

Professional Projects

Content
http://egssudem.ca
Official English Graduate Student Society website

WordPress, Content
http://benleetaylor.com
Portfolio, Profile, & Blog