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Susie O’Brien

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McMaster UniversityEnglish and Cultural Studies Location Hamilton Canada Discipline(s): English, Cultural Studies Research Interests: Postcolonialism, Ecocriticism, Cultural Studies, Literary Theory, Globalization, Law, Politics Languages: English

I am an Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies, and Director of the Cultural Studies and Critical Theory MA Program at McMaster University. My teaching and research over the last fourteen years have focused on the intersections of environmental and postcolonial literary and cultural studies in the context of globalization. I am an executive member-at-large of ALECC (Association for Literature, Environment and Culture in Canada, and member of the editorial board of Wilfrid Laurier University Press’s Environmental Humanities Series).


My current research focuses on the significance of the concept of resilience in the postcolonial environmental humanities.  Some of this work can be viewed via the links below:

“On the Edge of Resilience: Postcolonial Ecologies in Arundhati Roy’s Work.”  Global Ecologies: Nature/Narrative/Neoliberalism Conference, 8-10 Mar. 2013, UCLA (Revised)

“The Downside of Up; Or, What’s the Matter with Resilience?”
Underground Ecocriticism Conference, London, ON: Western University,
Nov. 2-3, 2012