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BA, Yale University | MA, PhD University of Toronto
I received my BA from Yale University in English, with a minor in Russian, in 1971, and my MA and later my PhD in English from the University of Toronto in 1981. My graduate specialization was early modern drama and poetry. Following a year teaching English Literature in the People’s Republic of China and a brief return to Toronto, I relocated to Oregon State University, where I taught early modern drama and poetry, critical theory, American Indian literature, and a variety of other courses for twenty years. I also led the establishment of Oregon’s first ethnic studies department. Based in part on that experience, I moved to UBC in 2003 to establish the First Nations Studies Program (now First Nations and Indigenous Studies), which I directed and then chaired until 2011. In 2009 after co-chairing a succession of committees that formed the UBC Aboriginal Strategic Plan, I became the Director of the First Nations House of Learning, a strategic planning and coordinating unit for Indigenous initiatives across the university, and the Senior Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs. My teaching responsibilities at UBC have been entirely in First Nations studies, though I have supervised PhD students, including one in the English department. Given my current responsibilities, I am no longer accepting graduate student supervision, but always happy to talk about early modern or Indigenous studies, and particularly critical theory and approaches to conceptualizing technological change. My Indigenous ancestry is Oglala Lakota from Pine Ridge South Dakota.