Current NFC Administration and Fellows
The Northrop Frye Centre welcomes scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, areas of study, and experiences. Our Doctoral, Undergraduate, and Visiting Fellows contribute to the rich academic life of Victoria College.
Professor Robert Davidson, Ph.D (Cornell)
Director, Northrop Frye Centre
Bob Davidson is Professor of Spanish and Catalan Studies at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Jazz Age Barcelona (U of Toronto Press, 2009; shortlisted for the Canada Prize in the Humanities) and The Hotel: Occupied Space (U of Toronto Press, 2018). His current work includes a study of material culture and early 20th-century Spanish and Catalan narrative (By and About Things) and a new research project entitled The Scent of Spain: Fragrance, Odour and Culture that considers key fragrances and scents that contributed to the Spanish olfactory environment from the beginning of the modern fragrance industry in the country to the early 2000s.
He is the founder and co-editor of UTP’s Toronto Iberic book series and has published work on different aspects of the Castilian and Catalan avant-gardes, cultural theory and film. In addition to directing the NFC, Prof. Davidson currently serves as Chair of the Manuscript Review Committee of University of Toronto Press. He takes his martini with a little extra vermouth and an olive.
Prof. Sherry Lee, Ph.D. (UBC)
Acting Director, 2022-23
Sherry Lee is Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Toronto. Her research and teaching interests are focused in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries and include music and modernist cultures, music and philosophy — especially the work of the Frankfurt School, sound, media, and technology studies, and discourses of music, sound, and environment. She is presently leading an international research cluster (IDC) in the environmental humanities, in partnership with Oxford University and the University of Pennsylvania, and with Daniel Grimley she is co-editing the volume Music, Sound, and Global Modernism for Cambridge University Press.
Amelia Bailey, M.A. (U of T) (On Leave)
Northrop Frye Centre and Victoria College Event Coordinator
Amelia Bailey is a Victoria College alumni, and received her M.A. from the Centre for Comparative Literature at U of T. She is currently pursuing a part-time PhD in Comparative Literature at the Université d’Angers. Her research interests include ecocriticism, gender studies, and contemporary autobiographical writing. Before joining the Northrop Frye Centre & Vic, Amelia worked in translation and publishing.
Special Projects Coordinator
Maral Attar-Zadeh is a doctoral student in English at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. She received her MPhil from the University of Cambridge and her BA from Victoria College, where she studied Comparative Literature and German. Her AHRC-funded doctoral project examines table-talk as a site of, and metaphor for, encounter in early modern English poetry; her other research interests include ecocriticism, pedagogy, motherhood, and the apocalypse.
The Northrop Frye Centre Doctoral Fellows are doctoral students registered in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto who are in the writing stage of their dissertation. In addition to mentoring undergraduate students and engaging with the intellectual community at Victoria College, the Doctoral Fellows present a public seminar on their doctoral research.
Eriks Bredovskis (History)
Supervisor: James Retallack
Eriks Bredovskis (he/him) is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Toronto. He is affiliated with the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies. His dissertation examines Germans moving across British, American, Russian, and Japanese imperial boundaries in the Northern Pacific Ocean between 1880 and 1920. His research interests also include investigating questions of family history, memory, and home. He is also interested in creative and digital pedagogy. Eriks has published in the German Studies Review, and most recently in an edited volume that examines the connected histories of Germany’s and the United States’ colonial empires.
Hong Liu (Comparative Literature)
Supervisor: Rebecca Comay
Hong Liu is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. Her research traces the entanglement of tragedy and history in early-modern European theatrical culture and intellectual history (1597-1665) by exploring cultural-historical concepts including melancholy and allegory. Her work explores how early-modern theatre's organization of social affects and historical consciousness continues to inform contemporary theorization of sovereignty, freedom, and democracy.
Before starting her PhD study, Hong worked in theatre and publishing. She continues to work as a translator of non-fiction books about art and nature. She is also a volunteer and advocate for reproductive rights and justice.
Colleen McDonell (English)
Supervisor: Cannon Schmitt
Colleen McDonell is a Ph.D. candidate in English and the collaborative Book History and Print Culture program. Her dissertation analyzes servants in Victorian Gothic fiction and how these characters can act as “mediums” within the home. More broadly, this work examines domestic space as a nexus between fear and fraught representations of class and labour.
Morgan Moore (Medieval Studies)
Supervisor: William Robins
Morgan Moore (she/her/hers) is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Medieval Studies. She holds an MA in Medieval Welsh Literature from Aberystwyth University and a BA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from Wellesley College. Her current project deals with ideas of dialogue, performance, and communal entertainment in medieval verse and drama, especially as presented in manuscripts from medieval England and Wales. She is currently a Research Assistant for the Records of Early English Drama (https://ereed.library.utoronto.ca/) and the Old Books New Science lab (https://oldbooksnewscience.com/), and she has previously served as the Chair of the Centre for Medieval Studies' Student Executive Committee.
The Northrop Frye Centre Undergraduate Fellows are undergraduate students at the University of Toronto working on an independent research project in the humanities or social sciences. In addition to conducting their research and engaging with the intellectual community at Victoria College, the Undergraduate Fellows will communicate the results of their research project at Vic Research Day at the end of the winter term.
Going into her second year, Daria Diakova begins her academic career as an Art History Specialist and a Book and Media Studies Major. Under the supervision of Professor Robert Davidson, Daria works on a literary analysis of Gustave Flaubert’s eternal classic Madame Bovary. Daria’s work examines the irregular frequency and placement of the text’s olfactory details in relation to the moments of psychological change in Flaubert’s characters. Based on the established psycho-anatomical link between the human olfactory system and one’s emotional state, past research on the history of olfactory culture in France and Europe, as well as the author’s biography, Daria aims to demonstrate Flaubert’s conscious decision to present the olfactory information as a marker of characters’ momentary or long-term spiritual change.
Khulan Enkhbold is a fourth-year student double majoring in Human Geography with a focus in Planning and Urban Studies, and minoring in Geographic Information Systems. Under Dr. Deborah Leslie’s supervision, Khulan is conducting her first independent research project on Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s informal neighborhoods known as “Ger areas.” The qualitative study explores the lived experiences of individuals who have contributed their land to the redevelopment efforts. This research explores whether urban redevelopment—being a political and technical process concerned with the welfare of people—can potentially cause redevelopment-induced displacement in Ulaanbaatar’s urban sprawls.
Sam Rosati Martin
Sam Rosati Martin is an undergraduate student in their fourth year, studying Literature & Critical Theory and Philosophy. Their research concerns the literary reception of Sappho with respect to fragments and scraps of papyrus. They're particularly interested in how the papyrus fragment is represented in translation, with relation to sexuality, the body, and incompleteness.
Madeleine Schmuckler is a second year student majoring in European Affairs and Chemistry. She is currently conducting archival research investigating the papers of former Trinity College Provost Dr. Derwyn Owen, investigating his legacy in an institutional and academic context. She is examining Provost Owen's impact both as a theologian and a professor, and how his administrative choices supported personal freedoms for students in the 70s and 80s.
The Northrop Frye Centre Visiting Fellows are scholars working on research projects in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. Visiting Fellows have access to the University of Toronto library system and the E.J. Pratt Library’s special collections. Visiting Fellows participate in the intellectual community at Victoria College and communicate the results of their own research in a public lecture organized by the Centre.
2021-22 Visiting Fellows TBC
Past NFC Fellows
Since 2015, the Northrop Frye Centre has become a cross-generational community of scholars working in different disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
Past Doctoral Fellows
Dur-e-Aden (Political Science)
Marina Dumont-Gauthier (Art History)
Nattapol Ruangsri (Italian Studies)
Filippo Sposini (IHPST)
Catia Dignard (Spanish and Portuguese)
Patrick Marshall (Cinema Studies)
Tavleen Purewall (English)
Robert Twiss (Comparative Literature)
Emily Doucet (Art History)
Billy Johnson (English)
Matthew Thompson (Cinema)
Roxanne Korpan (Religion and Book History and Print Culture)
Nicholas Feinig (Anthropology)
Chiara Graf (Classics)
Carrie Reese (Cinema)
Christina Turner (English)
Aleksa Alaica (Anthropology)
Beyhan Farhadi (Geography)
Marisa Karyl Franz (Religion)
William Fysh (History)
Amy Fox (Anthropology)
Erica Petkov (Political Science)
Johanna Pokorny (Anthropology)
Julia Rombough (History)
Katie Fry (Comparative Literature)
Alexandra Logue (History)
Emma Planinc (Political Science)
Joanne Leow (English)
Colin Rose (History)
Morgan Vanek (English)
Past Undergraduate Fellows
Willem Alexander Crispin-Frei
Past Visiting Fellows
Dr. Anastasiya Lyubas (Binghamton University)
Professor Claire Battershill (Simon Fraser University)
Dr. Marta Manzanares Mileo (University of Barcelona)
Professor Nandi Bhatia (University of Western Ontario)
Professor Daniel Gallimore (Kwansei Gakuin University)
Professor Kevin James (University of Guelph)
Professor Edward Jones-Imhotep (York University)
Professor Thomas Willard (University of Arizona)